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For the Parent that Knows Nothing About Parenting (From a Parent that Knows Nothing, Either)

Dear Evangeline,   I have a bit of news for you and, while I do think I will regret writing this at some point in your teenage future, it’s just something I need to get off my chest: I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing. Specifically, I mean that in regards to parenting, but that very general statement can… Read more →

Thank you, Mr. Trump, For Making America Great Again

Clearly, our country is divided. We can feel it, hear it… hell, we can even see it in stark red and blue colors on the electoral college map. But the place that I sense the deepest divide is not racial in orientation. It isn’t geographical. And it isn’t rooted in sex or gender. It’s generational. And nowhere can that be seen more clearly… Read more →

The Unforeseen Side of IVF

So, you’ve confirmed that your uterus hates you and you have decided to go through with IVF. What next? After making this decision with my husband, we signed on many dotted lines in a huge pamphlet that I, obviously, had not read one word of. Despite agreeing to begin the process just one month later, my knowledge of IVF didn’t… Read more →

Don’t Believe Darwin

Dear Evangeline, I have to admit something. It’s something that won’t come as a surprise to those that know me best, but you’re getting to know me pretty damn well these days so it’s about time I just say it. So many little girls grow up dreaming of their wedding day, and how many kids they’re going to have. But… Read more →

Oh, Baby?

Dear Evangeline, Your third birthday just passed, and with it went a small piece of hope that has long been living within me. It was maybe one year ago that you began to ask mommy and daddy for a baby sister. “I’ll name her ‘pizza’ mommy,” you often say. And if I could be lucky enough to carry her for… Read more →

A Life Lesson (as told by today’s drunk LIRR rider)

Dear Evangeline,   At some point you’ll hear the expression, “in vino veritas,” which loosely translates to “drunk people don’t lie.” Well, today you encountered a very drunk young lady on the train. Some drunk people are very mean and say things like, “I’d rather see Donald Trump take the White House than have to take this Uber home with you.”… Read more →

Why You Should Let Your Child Play in Traffic

Dear Evangeline,   “I just want my kids to be happy.” This is a phrase we hear over and over. And I don’t doubt a parent’s earnestness when they repeat this cliché. What I do doubt, is the very idea that happiness is a worthy goal. I’m not suggesting to know some secret formula to life. I don’t pretend to… Read more →

A Puppy’s Requests

Dear Evangeline, Our new puppy, Ripley, wants to have some words with you. As the matriarch of the household, I feel it is my responsibility to speak for her. There are five things, specifically, that Ripley would like to address: 1. I’m having a bit of trouble understanding why you can tear apart my toys and eat MY food, but… Read more →

The $4.49/year Blogging Slave

Dear Evangeline, I have some really great news. Mommy’s blog netted the family an extra $4.49 in 2014- almost enough to buy a cup of #joe at school to get her through her 7pm Chemistry class. I have even better news for you, too, darling. Mommy is going to start writing a lot more because she is an utterly unreformed… Read more →

The Fig Tree

Dear Evangeline, In fond memory of a great man, I’d like to begin this story by saying, “Now let me tell you something!” Now, Evangeline, let me tell you something about a tree that was given to me as a gift by a loving Italian man tre anni fa (three years ago). It started as a twig taken from a fig… Read more →

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