Elementary School Sports As Ambassadors

Jane is in fifth grade, and like her, the school she attends is growing and changing. I’m fairly certain both kids will stay there through the eighth grade, but I’ve got to do my homework and look at all the other local schools. In our area there are openings for new students in the sixth, seventh and ninth grades. On my living room table is a stack of admissions packets for various schools in the area. One school in particular stands out as being the next step. It’s rigorous but …

I Missed Out On All The Fun For 30 Years

December of 1975 was a Hanukkah of OP Shorts for my bother, tube socks for both of us, and bright plastic skateboards from Mr. Johnny’s toys. Mine was Green and vaguley translucent, it was pointy at both ends and impossibly narrow. My brother and I sat on them and rolled from one end of the tiny living room to the other. My brother later stood up on his. A few years after that California had a drought and water rationing went into effect. No one was allowed to water their …

Overheard: On Single Sex Schools

At the dinner table: ME: Jane, I’m going to start looking at some schools, should we look at Immaculate Heart? JANE: Ooh, Joe’s sisters go there don’t they play hockey? ME: Yeah, it’s a great school for sports, but you’d have to apply for 6th grade, there’s a few other girls schools we can look at if you want. HUSBAND: Girls schools? ME: Immaculate Heart is an all girls school, there’s also Archer, and Marlborough and… HUSBAND: Why don’t we just buy a pole now and a pair of dancing …

Mother Earth Can Kiss My Ass: Integrity Blows

For those of you unfamiliar with Little League, the season is over. We are now involved in what is known as “Fall Ball”. I don’t typically say “we” when it comes to children’s sports, but I assure you “we” are involved in fall ball. The kids play for a couple of hours each Sunday and the parents cheer and take stunning pictures of their little boys. Why? Because little boys in team uniforms are absolutely adorable, squishable and oooohhh yummy. Unless You are the only mother there whose child has …

We Raised A Bunch Of Sissies: Yes, I’m Politicking

Automakers went to DC and asked for money. The government said, “no, you’ve been irresponsible. File bankruptcy and restructure.” That same day. My daughter Jane asked me for money for iTunes. “Take it from your allowance jar.” I told her. “It’s empty.” She replied. “I’m sorry, you’ll need to save more next week.” Time passes Automakers drive hybrids to DC and ask for money. “No” say the lawmakers. “But look, we’re in shiny new toys and we squished into them to and washed behind our ears and two million people …