I’m freaking tired of reading about how ungodly hard mothering is. Yeah, we fucking know! So what are we going to do about it as a society? First of all, I just want to say, all the reasons that people are always listing about why mothering is hard are wrong. I’m not a housekeeper, a [...]
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When Annika was a baby, I once casually mentioned to Toyin that I’d like to dress her as Snow White for Halloween. He rolled his eyes and scoffed, “You can’t dress a black child as Snow White!” He was joking, mostly. But even so, that year, I dressed her as a kitty cat, because she [...]
Nothing has change since Trayvon Martin’s murder. We are still prejudiced against black males.
I finally did it, I finally had the gun discussion with Annika the other day. We talked about real guns and what to do if she ever sees one. She asked me how guns work one morning over breakfast (she had watched a cartoon the day before that had a gun.) And so I jumped [...]
Last weekend Annika and I went to Austin’s Zach Scott Theatre to see Good Night Moon, a family musical adapted from the iconic story book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. It was a favorite of ours when Annika was a baby. She still loves to read it occasionally. Every once in a while [...]
I’m one of the lucky ones, this is what I tell myself all the time. As far as single mothering goes, I have it relatively easier than many single moms. But even so, I have these dilemmas that come up and I have to deal with them on my own simply because there is not [...]
I’m a civil rights fraud.
When I first heard of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn last Friday, my first thought after the shock and horror registered, was “Why?” Why on earth would someone shoot a mass of children. Babies. Innocents. Then I spent the rest of the day tearing up and imagining the excruciating pain the [...]
I’m on day eight of a cleanse. Not a juice fast, just a cleansing diet. It feels so good. It’s hard, not eating all the scrumptious yummy food that I want. But I just keep reminding myself how delicious it will taste when this is over. It’s going to be simply amazing! Several people have [...]
Every year around this time, Annika and I have discussions about Santa. And they are always ridiculous. I don’t know if it’s just that my kid is too smart for my lies or if it’s that I’m just saying the wrong things. Annika doesn’t seem to have this wonderful magical notion about Santa Claus. She’s [...]