Monthly Archives: March 2008

Word of the Day: Jodhpurs

Tomorrow, the Band family rises at dawn and heads to New Jersey – I know, it’s always the glamorous locations.
What compels us to wedge ourselves into a car and be subjected to the bickering of teenage children in the backseat for five hours?

The Drew University Equestrian Team

My son went off to college and, rebel that he is, joined the Equestrian Team. That means on weekends, when he should be drinking beer and sleeping late, he is rising at dawn, dressing in jodhpurs and riding a horse around in a ring. Maybe we should be worried.

Before this, other than merry-go-rounds and a very tame trail ride in Yosemite Park when he was twelve, I don’t think he had ever been on a horse or even shown any interest in horses.

I guess that’s what college is for.



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Word of the Day: Peep


It is Good Friday. It is a religious holiday and there is no school. That makes it a-not-so-good Friday at my house. Lewis has just come home from tennis practice with other boys and they are running around hiding each other’s rackets and making a racket. The house is shaking.



No kidding – our house is over 100 years old, generations of children have grown up under this roof and my family will be the one who brings it down.

I suggested a snack as way to distract the boys from their incredibly loud and possibly structurally damaging games.

Remove Peeps from package, place on plate, microwave until you get scared.

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Word of the Day: Democracy

The town I where I live has 42,389 residents. It is not a small town. Yet, it often seems like a tiny village – in good ways ( like how I always run into someone I know at the grocery store) and in bad ways (like how I always run into someone I know at the grocery store).

Today, I was at the Town Hall.180px-arlington_town_hall.jpg

I went to the Town Hall because I am running for re-election as a Town Meeting member and I had received a letter that to report to Town Hall at 5:30pm because they would be determining the order of names on the ballot. So I went. Nobody was there except the Town Clerk, the old guy who bags groceries at the supermarket… and me.

Turns out the official government procedure is: The clerk writes down the names of all the candidates on little slips of paper and puts them into a shoe box. Then, she shakes the box and the old guy who bags groceries at the market pulls the names out one by one.

Ah… Democracy!


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Word of the Day: People

My son Lewis went to the movies today with “people.” Being a savvy mom, I know that “people” is a code word for a group that includes at least one girl.



Beware, Lewis.

While you have been busy memorizing the Red Sox line up and perfecting your hand/eye coordination on the Xbox;

the girls, have spent their entire lives focusing on the nuances of inter-personal relationships


and how to make their hair smell like strawberries.single-berry.jpg


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Word of the Day:Gluten

I am beginning to believe that there is a God and that she understands that I am not the kind of mother who would be able to successfully parent a kid who is allergic to peanuts or who has ADHD or even a kid who is extremely gifted. Lewis 8 ball


Fortunately, that is not the case .

And I am reminded of just how easy I have it.

Today, Lewis brought a new friend home from school. Basic Mom Etiquette requires that the first thing you do when your child brings home a new friend is to impress them with your motherliness by offering a snack. If I had been given a little warning, I might have probably gone all domestic and baked some chocolate chip cookies. But, this would have been for naught because Lewis’s new friend is gluten intolerant

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I had visions of the child going into anaphylactic shock, of his tongue swelling up, of rashes and vomiting and of all of it being my fault.

Graham crackers?


Oreo ice cream?


Okay, have a banana.


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