August Car Trips from Hell

August 11, 2015 • By

August 11, 2015

Parents still stress over car trips with children. Standing in the grocery line I overheard a mother with two young children whining to the cashier about the impending stress of driving four hours to the coast of southern Maryland. By the sounds of it, she wasn’t looking forward to the trip at all.

Her droning included reference to impatience suffered in an air conditioned car with more cup holders than seats and individual DVD players for passengers in the back rows. She would get no sympathy from me. I know what a car trip from hell is like.

Five kids and suitcases stuffed into the back and underneath two bench seats of a 1963 VW bus, pedal-to-the-metal top speed when empty, 66mph. Dad at the wheel, Mom riding in the navigator seat with a lap filled with maps- made of real paper. None of us would make sainthood.

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July 31, 2015 • By

Transgression by the Sip

Posted July 31, 2015

As number four of five children I should have known if I was alone with my mother I must be in trouble.

Early one morning she announced, “You and I are going out for high tea this afternoon.”

Reflexively nervous I asked, “Just the two of us?”

She nodded. My mind went wild. What had I done to deserve a one-on-one punishment so far from my room? A bit nervous and a lot confused I walked out the back door and visited our horse Queenie. She and Mom were close. Queenie might know what this was all about.

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July 20, 2015 • By

About My Story…

Posted July 20, 2015

These pages tell the story of how life changed forever the day my mother suffered a stroke in 2007. I was unable to make time bring her back or keep time from taking her further away. So I collected and ordered words to describe the process of heartbreak and spirit-mending I experienced. Many days, months, and years were consumed with the routines of care giving. But every day included reminders of life with Mom in the 1960s.