I baked these pumpkin muffins this morning. They’re sitting on this old marble washstand I bought in 1992. I got it at the old Spivey’s Antique Store that used to be on May Avenue off Northwest 23rd Street here in OKC. I was married to Juliette’s dad then. In 1998, a year after she was […]
1990s Bride | Let No Man Put Asunder
1990s Bride This picture of me – a 1990s bride — was taken 23 years ago today. My father performed the wedding ceremony. March 9 will always be a special day to me even though the marriage ended in 1998. I have never posted a picture from my first wedding. It’s painful for me still […]
I hate you, Vera Bradley.
It’s after eleven and everyone’s asleep, so I decide to call it a night. But, not before I check on my kids one more time. I like to watch them sleep, give them each one last kiss on the cheek, and whisper something in their ears. I love you. Jesus loves you. Everything will be […]
Kids of Divorce: Prayer for the Child of a Previous Marriage
The following is a poem I wrote for kids of divorce. Divorce Poem: Prayer for the Child of a Previous Marriage You are not the child of divorce or my previous marriage. You are the child of my here and now. You are not the child of a previous relationship. You are the child of […]
How To Rebound From Anything
I have taken two long walks in my life and both of them were very short. The first walk was from my front door to my car, which was sitting in the driveway. It was December 1997, and I was returning to work after maternity leave. Juliette was just five weeks old. The second walk […]
Attack of the Crickets
“But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry, From the waters lifted me, now safe am I…” –From Love Lifted Me and James Rowe, 1912 I thought I would tell you about the crickets. When we bought the house in the mid 1990s, it was with the understanding that the previous owner would […]
In Spite of Everything: Will you stay married or will you divorce?
When did your parents get divorced? This question seems central to the childhood experience of so many Gen Xers. Was it in fact the defining moment for Generation X? Is when our parents divorced the equivalent of the Baby Boomer’s “Where were you when JFK was shot?” Susan Gregory Thomas who often writes about Generation X, presents this […]