We are now Past the Point of Pretending that Good Parents Don’t Vaccinate

Three days ago it was announced that a local baseball coach has measles. There are at least 70 confirmed measles cases currently in California and it has spread to other states. Measles had been eradicated in the United States 15 years ago but the anti vaccine movement has brought it back. Maybe next they can bring back Polio. Everything old is new again, right? Orange County California. Ground-zero for the anti-vaccination crowd. #MeaslesOutbreak #VaccinateYourKids pic.twitter.com/c8hQ36roO7 — Ed Hall (@halltoons) January 23, 2015 Facebook is full of people who, “Had measles …

Missed Connections: The Soccer Mom

We were at the valet waiting for our cars. It was unseasonably warm so none of us minded much. My Ford was parked right in front and you were waiting for your Range Rover while talking to your girlfriend. I really liked your ponytail, particularly the back comb and the highlights, they looked good. Your friend was wearing yoga clothes and a hat that looks like this one. At first I was thinking how lucky we all were to be standing in the California sunshine enjoying a low stress afternoon. …

A Family Week in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

This winter we decided to warm up in Rarotonga. Rarotonga is one of the Cook Islands which are basically a tiny dot in the South Pacific. After last year’s trip to Costa Rica, I thought we’d try a new experience at less than half the price. Don’t let that google-automated price tag freak you out. Cook Islands isn’t a frugal holiday but it’s nowhere near the cost of Hawaii or Costa Rica with similar accommodations unless you’re looking for a five-star resort. There is no five-star resort in all of the Cook Islands, there …

McDonald’s Tragimercial?

During the football game today I saw the oddest commercial. McDonald’s is featuring signs from local franchises: Thank you veterans #PrayForDrew God protect the USA Keep jobs in Toledo All of us weep for the Columbia Families We remember 9 11 [A pink sign with pink ribbons] PRAY for the rescue of the MINERS GOD GAVE US A MIRACLE Boston Strong We will be back soon [in a flood – this one is actually compelling] We believe in you Crystal Happy 30th Ed n Beth It’s a girl Rosalie Kay …

Mom Blogging When You Have Teenage Children

This is what a good mother says about her teenage children in a public forum You can’t even paint a pretty picture of your teenage kids. I mean you can, but it’s kind of an asshole move. What are you going to talk about? How gracefully they navigated puberty? Their grades? Their friends and that one mother who you think is going to make things difficult for all of them? Do you talk about boyfriends and girlfriends and cliques and sex? No. You don’t blog about teenagers because it’s hard …