Garry

Practice Baby

I dreamed I had a practice baby.  When I woke up, still pregnant, I was terrified. A day after Garry was born, I stepped outside the hospital doors with a new baby in my arms.  It was hard to believe they thought we could handle this on our own. I kept wondering why the nurse …

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Fisher Price Psychology

You didn’t need a degree in psychology to see how much Garry loved his plastic duck swing that hung in the doorway. He entertained himself endlessly bouncing up and down as if the floor was a trampoline. As a new mom, this was a game changer. I finally had free time to catch up on …

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How Was School Today?

Garry never told me anything about school. Tommy told me a little bit. Kay would start her stories before her foot hit the pavement as she stepped off the school bus. Each kid was so different. My firstborn, Garry, is now a man of few words. He was also a child of few words. Every …

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Garage Sale Business School

Who knew the best school was right in their grandparents’ driveway? The World’s Largest Garage Sale is in my hometown and has been going on for decades. We still sell stuff from the driveway where my parents lived for 40 years. Mom set up a card table to keep the kids busy. They sold brownies …

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What’s Beyond Space?

It’s my fault that my younger son always gets sleepy in the car. I trained him to do that because I drove them around until they napped. I needed every coping mechanism I could use to survive having three kids in four years. They were never all asleep at the same time. When my older …

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Grocery Store Rules

The produce section of the grocery store used to give me nightmares. I rushed through it like an octopus. I grabbed vegetables while swatting Tommy’s hands away from plucking that one apple that might topple the pile of fruit. At the same time, I needed a third hand to readjust Kay’s pacifier or pass her …

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