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J Speak

Dinner table exchanges between DB and J can be very entertaining. Had to write down a couple of recent ones before I forgot. DB tells J "Hey J, you are growing bigger". J shoots him a withering look "Did you just insult me and call me fat ?". This coming from some who weighs less than sixty pounds is beyond funny but DB went on to clarify his intent - big as growing bigger and taller. "Well, there is big as in Larry the Cable Guy and tall as in Shaq O'Neal. Which one did you mean ?" J shot right back. This is what happens when you bring a tween and cable TV together - this is pop-culture immersion meeting tween attitude.  DB asks J "Do you think it's fair that your mom takes my entire paycheck away ?" and she replies "No, it's not. It's a free country but not a fair world". Whatever the provenance of that piece of J Speak, it certainly left us at a loss for words. I am bracing myself for what she will throw at us once she…

Motherhood

This mother's day for the first time in my life, I was given the full on star treatment that mothers get on Mother's Day. In years past, J would do her very best to make me something special - a piece of art, coupons I could trade for favors like two huggies and such other cuteness. She would worry that she was not doing nearly enough for me because other kids had dads or other adults around who could help them out. I could not assure her one big hug from her is was the best gift I could get and indeed that alone was enough.  After enjoying a big breakfast made by DB and J, I was out in the world today watching other mothers enjoying their stardom. Somewhere between breakfast, a visit to the fine arts museum and lunch, I responded to one blogger friend's request for six words to describe your mother. Mine were : Sunshine and lightning arrestor of pain. Later in the day another blogger recommended reading a poignant piece on motherhood. Reading these lines in the article was…