Mona Lisa Smile.

Light filtered gently through the ancient windows in our small bedroom—touching our eyelids, delicately prodding us awake. This morning was so different from our usual jump-out-of-bed, alarm clock blaring, my-sister-hid-my-shoes, normal routine. Raw, wondrous potentiality tinted the atmosphere of the day like a filter. We opened our eyes at the same moment, smiles already plastered […]

Protein Bars in Paris.

Staring at the ceiling of our 400-year-old apartment on our first afternoon in Paris, I was fairly certain we were going to starve to death. In fact, I had packed 12 protein bars in Abigail’s carryon luggage, just to be safe. The plane ride over the Atlantic had been an adventure in itself. Abigail’s brightly colored […]

Secret Sisters Grief Club.

The quiet hush finally reached my ears. The unnatural silence that every mother knows means something out of the ordinary is going on, usually involving something ghastly like a toilet tea party or that someone is bleeding. I let my ears peel the silence, test the atmosphere of the house—no muffled sounds of joyous jumping-on-the-bed shrieks, […]

Big Sisters Rock

Emma and her big sister, Abigail, contemplating the mystery of the eternal oil spilll at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Abigail has told me countless times how much she wishes she had an older sister…and as a first-born daughter, I completely understand. But, the responsibility of being an amazing big sister is also a sweet one. Life […]