Tag Archive | family

This time, we’ll get it right

Pretty much every Bob Seger song is him reminiscing about his youth. That’s not to knock Bob Seger. I’m a huge fan. But if you listen to his lyrics, you start to notice a pattern. “Night Moves.” “Like a Rock.” “Main Street.” “Against the Wind.” Each song is about an older man looking back on […]

Where I was from

“I am always drawn back to the places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.” — Truman Capote “There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.” — Joan Didion My childhood home is destroyed. Abandoned. Most of the back fence has blown down, and where a gazebo once stood sits […]

’Tis the season to be seething

A relative last week mailed me a Christmas card. On the front it said, “Here’s wishing you the happiest of holidays!” How rude, I thought. Why would he want this particular holiday — Christmas 2016 — to be my happiest? What about next year? Does he not want me to be happy then? I don’t […]

I tried to help out my aunt on Thanksgiving, but I ended up being the turkey

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I went to my elderly great aunt’s house to clean up the debris in her front yard. I pulled weeds, trimmed hedges and pruned branches, then mowed the front lawn and shoveled off the poop deposited by the neighboring dogs. Only I guess I should have shoveled off the poop first, […]

The catnip candy cane and the unimpressed cat

So I’m on the phone with my friend, Brenda. And she says, “You have a cat, don’t you? I thought I remembered you saying you have a cat.” “Yep,” I say, laughing. “I sure do. I am indeed the proud owner of a cat.” “Hey!” I look up to see my cat staring at me […]

Uncertainty and panic at the bank drive-through

The drive-through window at the bank is a problem. Once I slip my deposit into the transparent plastic tube and press the “send” button to make it whoosh away, I’m not sure what to do with myself. I don’t want to face the bank window, because then the teller will think I’m scrutinizing her performance […]

Hallmark moments that go on too long

A few years ago, I purchased an analog-to-digital converter so I could import all of my family’s VHS home movies into the computer. Capturing the video required playing it in real time, so I watched as milestones from my childhood unspooled before my eyes. It was like reliving the long-ago moments of a cobwebbed memory […]

Wedding bells

Not sure if that’s wedding bells I hear, or the sound of dreams dying slowly.

‘I could write these things!’

I have a relative who likes to forecast the outcome of every movie he watches. The problem is, he’s always 100 percent wrong.

‘Bat jet! Oh — Bat copter’

I was so excited as a kid to receive a Bat Copter for Christmas … even though it was nowhere to be found in the movie it was based on.