What? Me? Competitive?

A couple of years ago, my brother asked David and me to join his co-ed indoor soccer team. I knew he was really asking David, but I was part of the co-ed package. “Yes,” I said without thinking. Growing up in Spain, this was David’s sport of choice and he played in a men’s league. I thought this would be something we could share. Plus it was something active and it seemed like those who played were having fun. So why not? “I’m in.” “I don’t know,” David said. I stared at him. “What do you mean you don’t …

We’re getting dangerously close..

“I got asked to the prom,” Kelly said. “Oh, that’s fantastic,” I said, not really meaning it. Let me explain. I am excited Kelly has a date to her senior with a really nice guy who I’m sure she’s going to have a blast with. But… Time is moving too fast. You see that, right? Just a second ago Kelly started kindergarten then graduated from elementary school. Middle school was the last time she really liked school. I swear it was only minutes ago Kelly started Valhalla. She hadn’t wanted to go to Valhalla. She’d wanted to go to …

Ambush Interview: Going off to college

You’ve heard my feelings, my whining, my lamenting about Molly, my oldest, going off to college three years ago. So wrecked was I about her growing up and out of the house that I wrote a memoir about it. Molly’s leaving fanned my abandonement issues. Okay, fanned in an understatement. It was a roaring fire. Molly was the first person I’d given so wholeheartedly to, the first person I truly trusted. And even though Molly was doing what every normal, healthy eighteen-year-old does, if we’ve done our job right, I felt left behind. What does Molly think about this …