Yielding to the Summer Current

Summer is officially kicked off. We have had pool days, beach days, and do-nothing days. My kids are home and we are whole again, free from the routine and the homework and the rushing.   Whenever we get to this point, I think about the first time I managed to get a very young Jack and Zoe on the subway and into Central Park for a picnic. At the time it was a huge feat, one that I had been entirely terrified of but I will never forget sitting on that blanket with them, listening to the peace, seeing their...

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Sacred Slumber

The very first piece of (new) “furniture” that we received as a couple was a mattress, a moving gift bestowed upon us by my mother. We were thrilled to upgrade to a queen size from a full, despite wedging it into our bedroom with a shoehorn in the Manhattan apartment. All of the other aspects of our living quarters were happy hand-me-downs, aside from the wedding gifts of pots, pans and a set of dishes. When we moved from the city and Justin got a job working at a practice here in Santa Cruz, we were more than a little...

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Setting the Conditions

Justin and I met at an alcohol-laden Christmas Party. I showed up with a handful of friends after celebrating the holidays barhopping at the infamous pubs in our hometown. It was already sort of late in the evening and the festivities were dying down when we got to the house; Justin was laying into the karaoke machine full tilt, and we locked eyes mid beatbox. We started chatting, set up a date to see each other again and truly the rest is history. Our courtship was short and full of life, music, and vodka sodas. We hiked, road-tripped, went to plenty...

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