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Category Archives: Parenting

Unicorns & The Red Sea

I lie with her in bed one night, stroking her silken hair, humming Out of Darkness under my breath. She is still awake, her eyelashes casting shadows onto her cheeks. She quietly grasps her velveteen terry-cloth blanket and watches me with her big, round eyes. I am most content and happiest for moments like these. […]

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My swimsuit

For obvious reasons, I stay away from skinny jeans, midriff-baring tops, sleeveless/spaghetti-strap tops, tight clothing, and of course, swimwear. Even way back then when I wasn’t fat, I was still painfully shy of having to don a swimsuit. I’d never been bolder to put on less than a modest 1-piece. Oh, I had a nice […]

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Cinderella Shampoo

My daughter has an obsession with princesses and fairy tales these days. She’s only 2 1/2 years old, but is already very independent and demanding, and definitely knows what she wants. Lately (and this is our fault as parents), we thought it’d be great if we introduced her to fairy tales. I bought 2 huge […]

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Sleeping on her own

Last weekend, my husband and I decided that it was time for E to start sleeping in her own room. Since she was born, we had a room in our house dedicated for her, but because she was our first child, and her initial night-feeds required us to wake up several times in the night, […]

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Relax, take it easy

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes” ~ Etty Hillesum My dearest E., Let me share a brief folly of mine with you, a folly caused of my wanderings into unchartered regions- the information […]

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The “F” word

By the “F” word, I mean THAT “F” word. The one that means “to copulate”. I think children have an innane ability to store things, in particular, words, they hear in their little computer-like memories. It’s like a huge recess with lots of tiny compartments with different labels. E.G. words I’ve heard once; words I […]

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Being Ill

“I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worthwhile” ~ George Bernard Shaw My dearest E., There is no rest for the weary. Your father and I fell ill with the viral flu over the weekend. At first, the illness crept through us quietly and steadily, showing no physical signs of mutation, […]

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The auditions

“When you are modelling, you are creating a picture, a still life, perhaps something like a silent film. You convey emotion but you are only using your body” ~ Helena Christensen My dearest E., Your father and I, when you were born, had, and still do have, the highest hopes and dreams for you. You […]

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All apologies

“Sorry seems to be the hardest word” ~ Sir Elton John My dearest E., I’m sorry. And I don’t have a problem saying ‘sorry’ when it needs to be said. And why am I sorry? Because I have been busy at work. Because I had to leave you with your grandparents last night as I […]

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Bedtime Lullaby: You’ll Never Walk Alone

“Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone” ~ Rodgers & Hammerstein II My dearest E., “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a song written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Little did they know at that time (in 1945) that this song would live on in the hearts […]

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