Month: December 2020

  • Vignette 49/52. The Magic of Limits.

    “What are the new restrictions?” It’s become a normal question like “What are we doing today?” After a few months of a merry-go-round of different levels of restrictions, we have gotten used to sudden changes in social distancing, closures, and driving. It was a dizzying spring and summer for a lot of people. For us, […]

  • Vignette 48/52. Slow and steady.

    Albert Einstein called it the eighth wonder of the world. Compound interest. Exponential growth. When I introduced this concept to the students, we began with the simple problem of would they rather receive a fixed amount of $325 at the end of one month or the option of an amount doubling starting with a penny. […]

  • Vignette 47/52. Stay Awhile.

    I wake early and I sit in the same spot on the sofa. I spend the very first moments sitting and sometimes I think that if I moved, I would break the spell. I never knew a tree could cast a spell. From over three decades living in the city, with occasional trips to parks, […]

  • Vignette 46/52. Scumbags and Superstars. Part Two.

    If you have spent this year navigating school at home with your children, you will relate to this concept of the Scumbag and the Superstar. I first wrote Part One in 2014. After almost 23 years of parenting, you may assume that I understand how to be the most amazing mom in the world, that […]

  • Vignette 45/52. Crossing thresholds.

    I remember the days when I used to hold my children’s hands as they crossed the street. Sometimes I still grab for their hand and realize that they are taller than me now and their hand is not where it once was – lower than mine – or my son ignores me and runs across […]

  • Vignette 44/52. Christmas.

    It’s weird to say that this whole year felt like Christmas. But as a mama, it was an unexpected gift. For years I had begun to prepare myself emotionally for the time when my children would leave and maybe not even be together for the holidays. When AJ decided not to come to Costa Rica […]

  • Vignette 43/52. No is a complete sentence.

    It’s Christmas Eve and the five kids put on their running shoes about ten minutes ago. As they headed out door, Chris asked, “Where are you guys going?” They look at us and say, “We booked the tennis courts for a friendly sibling king or queen of the court. See you later!” We are in […]

  • Vignette 42/52. Hills.

    I still hate running hills. We have a hill near our house. And of course, my husband felt it was perfect for hill running. There is minimal talking when we run hills. It’s not fun. The sun is hot. Looking up at the hill, you know how your legs and butt will burn. You savour […]

  • Vignette 41/52. About.

    I FINALLY updated my about page. I wrote a little vignette about me. I take you on a little roundabout journey. There are references to dolphins, spatial awareness, and Alice in Wonderland. It’s very, well, me. There is also an uncomfortably large selfie that I took today. I am not sure I did it right […]

  • Vignette 40/52. Words.

    “Mom, what’s an adverb again?” “A word that describes a verb – how something is done. For example, he walked ‘lazily’ is different than he walked ‘briskly.’” “What’s a good adverb for pooing? “I need to think about that one.” As a homeschooler, most people assume everything I plan for the kids has an educational […]