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Tiny Pants Makes a Travel Brochure

Mon Dec 07 2015

Tiny Pants had to make a travel brochure for school this weekend. It was supposed to be about his home town, but it did allow for “any other place” or something. Tiny chose West Virginia. View at only-mama »

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Tiny Pants Makes an Unexpected Request For Christmas

Fri Dec 04 2015

Last year, Tiny Pants was seven and wanted an unusual item for Christmas. Lord knows what is in store for me this year. View at only-mama »

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Grieving the Loss of a Pet

Thu Sep 24 2015

As some of you know, my ex-husband’s dog died recently. The boys are emotional messes. View at only-mama »

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The Talk and the Book

Mon Mar 16 2015

I realized I was about to lose control over the flow of information - if they decided Mama was an unreliable source of truth, they would start asking other people instead. I figured a couple good books were the way to go. View at only-mama »

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The Tooth Fairy Got Played

Sun Jan 25 2015

I try to be a good Tooth Fairy. View at only-mama »

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The Great Latke Incident of 2014

Fri Dec 19 2014

I asked two "real" Jewish friends (not half, like me) if there was some sort of cheat I could use. Like perhaps frozen hash browns or something. They both denied all knowledge of any such half-assed latke making technique. View at only-mama »

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Watching My Child Grieve

Mon Dec 15 2014

in 2014 my son lost a classmate a few weeks before Christmas. View at only-mama »

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My Child Has Been Eaten by Aliens

Mon Nov 24 2014

My kid has obviously been eaten by an alien and replaced with a really convincing replica. Nothing else makes sense. I didn't notice anything unusual until Friday. The new boy looked just like Big Pants. He sounded like Big Pants. He even fought with his brother and pouted just like Big Pants. View at only-mama »

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The Joy of Losing

Wed May 14 2014

It's baseball season again. Because I have more enthusiasm than self-preservation, I signed Big Pants up for travel baseball. Because, yay, baseball! View at only-mama »

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The Diorama That Led to Despair

Fri Jan 31 2014

I have been waiting for years to get to make another diorama. As a kid, there was nothing cooler than building a little scene in a shoebox. Perhaps I would have become a Rhode Scholar if I could have continued building dioramas in high school and college, but when they were replaced by projects involving diagrams and essays a little part of me died and I have been mourning the Death of the Diorama and my enthusiasm for learning ever since. View at only-mama »

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Same, Same, Same, Same, Same, Different, Different, Different

Thu Oct 31 2013

My first ex-mother-in-law had six kids: three girls in a row, followed by three boys in a row. "They come as they come," she used to always say, meaning that their inherent personality was fixed and unchangeable from birth. View at only-mama »

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I Want to be More Outrageous

Mon Oct 21 2013

Being a little crazy is better than being a little boring, even if it is not as safe. View at only-mama »

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