14th Amendment Memories

My oldest child was the 16th baby born that October night in San Diego. My husband and I lived nearby in Scripps Ranch, and my water broke at 7:30 that evening. He had gone off to play basketball. I had complained about a persistent backache before he left.  I had even gone to the doctor… Continue reading 14th Amendment Memories

Her Left Foot

It was Labor Day weekend. We needed to get a handle on the mess in the garage. I asked my oldest to watch my youngest while we parents worked outside. She was nine, in 4th grade already for a week, and the baby was almost two and a half. Then a series of unfortunate events… Continue reading Her Left Foot

Interface with Nature

I live in a town that backs up to a gorgeous mountain in the middle of an otherwise flat part of the Bay Area. The hiking here is phenomenal, and the wildlife interfaces with the people whose homes border the state park. Two houses ago, I lived in a faux-gated community where every day there’d… Continue reading Interface with Nature

Best Summer Camp Ever

My two daughters were Girl Scouts and went to summer day camp at Twin Canyons in Lafayette, two towns over. In order to get them a slot, I volunteered to work the entire week. I did it for eleven years and enjoyed getting to meet every camper there (about 200 each year). I chose the… Continue reading Best Summer Camp Ever

Worst Fake Friend Ever

When I moved to suburbia, I joined the Danville-Alamo Newcomer’s club and then joined the babysitting co-op within the club. We were all new mothers with one or two children, and the thirty of us traded babysitting with coupons while our little families grew older and bigger. My two-year-old daughter bonded with another two-year-old girl… Continue reading Worst Fake Friend Ever