In the library

The harsh, buzzing fluorescent lighting spoils the otherwise welcoming environment of this branch of the local library. To the left the librarians are chatting as they check in the books returned. School-aged kids on the computers near the door, what I assume are the latest music videos playing on the screen. Heads bobbing with headphones … Continue reading In the library

Happy New Year

“I’m a monkey-slash-pig!” The kids are playing make believe as they climb through the low branches of a wild rhododendron. Theo tried his hardest to keep up with the big girls, jumping as high as he can to sit on one of the lowest branches. It’s New Year’s Day and the weather is a beautiful … Continue reading Happy New Year

Thirty minutes

The house is quiet. So quiet I can hear the low hum of the furnace in the basement and the hiss of the Keurig as it heats water in the kitchen. It’s a rare moment when both kids are content to play and read quietly by themselves. A drastic, but welcome change from the past … Continue reading Thirty minutes

Crossroads of the World

“Look, that sign has Pluto!” The kids yell to us to draw our attention toward the sky. The bright neon of Pluto’s Toy Palace glows yellow against the darkening sky. The night lights up all around with neon signs and big flashing lightbulbs. Stepping into the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is like stepping back … Continue reading Crossroads of the World