I suppose that sooner or later every writer eventually gets around to the subject of family, and I am certainly no exception. The question is, how do you define family? I mean, are we talking about geneology going back to the fifteenth century and who begat whom? Or should the definition be limited, say, to relatives that I at least have a vague recollection of? Even that may not be such a good idea because I have some fairly vivid memories of a second cousin twice removed who used okra slime for hair gel, but I doubt you'd want me to devote a whole article to her!
No, I believe we'd all be better off if I tightened my focus even more, so I have decided that the best way for me to approach this Family category is to think in terms of Christmas stockings. In other words, I'm going to stick with family members whose Christmas stockings have hung on the same mantle as mine at one time or another. But if I depart from my own rule now and then, please don't judge me too harshly. After all, I have some of the same blood coursing through my veins as that wacky distant cousin and her okra slime hair gel, which, incidentally, really does work!
02.12.13 Forget roses and violins. It's the stuff that comes AFTER I Do that measures true romance.
01.29.13 Forget touchy-feely advice from marriage counselors. Here's the REAL way to spar with your mate!
10.07.12 One of the worst parts about an empty nest is that your kids are no longer around to critique your appearance!
09.30.12 Do NOT try to tackle the job of raising adolescents without reading this manual!
05.27.12 When our kids were teenagers they not only had to find work over the summer, they had to hear about the jobs we had when we were their age!
11.13.11 Everything our husbands need to know about life they learned in Boy Scouts!
09.25.11 Your grown kids may not admit it, but they need your wisdom and advice now more than ever!
08.28.11 June, July and August are packed with excitement. Unless, of course, you live with teenagers!
08.14.11 After thirty-eight years of marriage, my husband and I are now officially cranially connected.
07.25.11 Don't go looking for the perfect feller, without taking this handy checklist along!
07.03.11 The junk I inherited isn't worth a plug nickel, but I wouldn't take a million bucks for it!
06.12.11 When my granddaughter lost her favorite toy, it was déjà vu all over again.
05.22.11 By the time my youngest child graduated from high school, he wasn't the only one who had “checked out”!
05.15.11 I must be a terrible Mom for making my daughter wear trendy glasses in the eighties.
04.24.11 Now really…who would give a cat a haircut? That's what I'm trying to find out!
04.10.11 The three of us grew up under the same roof. I wonder if we'll end up that way too.
03.27.11 Yes, there really is a huge, enormous, colossal, gargantuan difference between boys and girls!
02.27.11 How do you weave six generations of women together? With pigtails, of course!