Digital Native

Sometimes people ask me when I learned to use computers. I sort of shrug, because I consider myself to be a digital native. In the mid 80’s my brother was doing things with computers and telephones. I didn’t quite understand at the time, and right now I still don’t quite understand the advanced networking that he does, but I am comfortable and competent in my own way.  I can’t really remember a lifetime before computers. I remember typewriters but I hardly used one after I was 10. I remember my …

A Letter to My Son on His 10th Birthday

Dear Sweet Alexander, Ten years ago I was terrified that I didn’t have enough love to go around. I was so afraid of becoming your mother that I thought I’d have to love Jane less in order to love you more. I was so very wrong. In your first minutes of life you taught us all that we were a family. You see before you came on the scene Daddy and I were a couple with a kid. You were our glue. You grounded us and made us a family. …

Ten Perfect Years

As Jane is ten today I realize that Mr G and I have had ten perfect years. For ten years we have been perfect parents. Perfectly awful. Not every day, but there’s a learning curve and dear sweet Jane is our first experiment. We’ve made a few mistakes, but rest assured we’ve breezily blamed it on our own parents as they were the ones to err first. Jane took us from our adolescence and moved us into adulthood. Although planned, nothing could have prepared us for Jane’s entry into our …