By all accounts, I am very lucky. My nine-year-old son, Jack, is a great kid. He's polite, kind, compassionate, outgoing, and does well in school. He even still lets me sneak kisses and hugs in fairly regularly. Lately, though, things have been tough! I forgot how difficult the “odd” years are. Jack never went through … Continue reading Nine Going on Nineteen
This piece is part of "SoCS" Pingback: https://joannesilvia.com/2017/03/11/short-years-call-for-rain-dancing/ Four consecutive nights have passed and she's still without sleep. In a sleepy haze she manages to nurse the baby, change him, and rock him back to sleep, Only to repeat the same exact cycle a mere two hours later. Day and Night, Night and Day, all … Continue reading The Forgotten Sleepless Nights
Early this evening you asked to lay with me. Immediately concerned, I checked for a fever. You were fine and Yet you still wanted to lay with me. As fast as I could, I made room right next to me for you and I haven't moved since. You see, it's not too often that you ask … Continue reading Fleeting Moments Frozen in Time
Last weekend a severe snowstorm was forecast. Early last week, well before the storm was due to arrive, all of our local meteorologists had us under "Winter Weather Advisories and Warnings" and started round the clock storm coverage. The ravaged bread shelves and run on milk at our local market proved a storm was on … Continue reading Parenting: Asking Myself the Tough Questions
This may be one of my more obnoxious posts-there, you've been warned! As the holiday season has embarked upon us full-throttle, I'm faced with the annual question of "what does Jack want," or "what do you want me to get for Jack," or better yet, "what does Jack need?" Every time I'm asked this question … Continue reading Are We Giving Our Kids Too Much?