Apology Accepted

My husband enjoys sharing some unsolicited, mostly lighthearted guidance with recently married men. He advises them to greet their partners with the words “I am sorry” when they see each other at the end of the day. In response to the quizzical looks he typically receives, my husband goes on to explain: “You probably did…

Pretend Friends Have Real Impact

Imagine a very young boy with a sweet voice, using a lot of arm gestures, dramatic pauses, squinting, and enthusiasm declares: “Allison is afraid of the dark. So, I took the moon…with a rope…and I…put out the sun!” This was the first thing my son, Leo, announced to me one morning around his third birthday,…

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Most of the time, when I finish interacting with someone, I part ways with a simple phrase: “take care”. These two words carry quite a bit of meaning. When we advise someone to “take care”, we encourage them to focus on their own well-being, despite the unknown difficulties they may face as the day progresses.…

Rocky Mountain Heights

It was mid-morning when we broke through the tree line, a bit weary but exhilarated by our accomplishment. We were a troupe of unlikely mountaineers raging in age from 7 to 43, and we were on a quest to honor the man who inspired it all. In fact, shortly before he died, my dad had…

You Gotta Be You

My husband and I enjoy taking regular walks in and around our neighborhood. Particularly in the nicer weather, we see several people out and about, and often wave or stop to say hello. We encounter one gentleman on a fairly regular basis who never acknowledges us in return. This has inspired an increased amount of…