May 26, 2015The Lesson In Hair
My daughter is getting her hair cut and I'm waiting for her. Kesha is pumping through the speakers, and I'm surrounded by cases filled with make-up, lotions and hair products. Refreshments are available, including coffee, water, wine and soda along with a small assortment of snacks. I'm very comfortable and the people watching is great. Another mother is sitting right next to the station where her daughter is getting a cut and color, this mom is counseling every move almost to the point of overprotection. But she's probably paying for it, so it's her prerogative. After a quick consult I retreat to the waiting room where now I'm enjoying the chatter of my daughter and her stylist as it filters through the music. They are talking about music and more music and both seem to be really enjoying each others company. They are young and fun and deserve each other. There's an empty chair next to the station they are at and I'm sure I'd be welcome to sit and join them, but really, isn't my job to get her ready to be in the world? This is not to demean the other mother, for all I know she's had a hair nightmare she's never gotten over, hence the protection. I'm enjoying the eavesdropping: they are now discussing the need for napping especially when in high school. Proof that I would add nothing to this conversation! I mean really, what's a nap?
May 19, 2015Text
You learn a lot about women by text-snooping. Check out this text between myself and my friend Suzy, a married full-time working mother of three. Suzy: Morning! Just reviewing my week, and I have us tentatively on for tomorrow at 10:30. Was that going to work for you? ...
May 12, 2015Poodle
Some families are celebrating or preparing for graduation and the end of another school year. Meanwhile my 'pregnant with their first baby' neighbors are taking a Babymoon in Italy. It's funny how my cat loving daughter is caring for their toy poodle; Lucy. Let me ...
April 21, 2015Spring Clean
Gardeners and landscapers are ready for their busy season. Hopefully, if she needs yard work done, she's already called and made an appointment for a spring clean up. The same strategy is required for carpet cleaning, as well. Otherwise, she might have to wait, ...
April 7, 2015Spring Break
Expenses, food, and spring break; these are the hot topics in the karate waiting room I eavesdrop on. They fall right in line with my girlfriend Linda's Facebook status update: "Not feeling at all bitter when people talk about their spring vacations. My vacation is ...
March 31, 2015She Eavesdrop from the Karate Waiting Room
The karate moms are out of control today; the amount of correction they are giving their kids is minimal, to say the least. While I wait for my daughter, I'm observing my cast of characters. Due to a snow storm and small attendance, the karate waiting room is somewhat ...
March 17, 2015Time off
For many families it's been a winter filled with a load of snow days- for my kids it's more than I can ever remember. If a school district believes there would be any danger transporting kids to-or-from school due to inclement weather they cancel or delay. My district ...
March 3, 201530 Days Has September
I found out the hard way that February is a short month. I was trying to reset the start and stop dates for an online payment, and the system would not let me pay a fee scheduled for February 30. After sending a note to customer service, I finally realized I had ...
February 2, 2015She's Running
She's fresh off of cleaning up after "The Big Game" and as February arrives, she's sure to be ready for the unexpected. Her month is a visual representation of the saying "stuff happens." A perfectly planned-out week can be nixed up by unexpected, yet realistic ...
January 27, 2015My Space
The hot yoga classes I attend have tripled in size since January 1, a common happening thanks to all who have a resolution the get fit for 2015. This creates a stir amongst the regular attendees who have gotten used to having their particular space on the floor. ...