Over Thanksgiving break, Story got her hair cut. Short. Her requirements were: “When I shake my head, I don’t want my hair to move,” and “I want the sides tapered.” She got exactly what she wanted and absolutely loved it. And then others started imposing their unsolicited opinions on her: “You look like a boy.” (more…)
Posts by Lesley Bolton:
Ali doesn’t always sleep very well, and this is partly due to Riley’s sleep gymnastics. Yes, seven-year-old Riley still sleeps with Ali. Four-year-old Maddie does too. Before you judge her, know that nine-year-old Story still sleeps with me. And I am not doing a thing to stop it. (more…)
Story was given an assignment in early October to build a spooky house and write a story about it. Of course, she forgot to tell me about it until at least a week had gone by. Luckily, the project wasn’t due until Halloween. Still, I knew there would be a long road ahead of us. Every time I asked her if she had decided on what kind of house to build, she just shrugged. Finally, fed up, I refused to turn on the radio in the car until she had made a decision. While I had thoughts of spiders, cemeteries, and skeletons, she thought for only a moment before coming up with an idea that made me proud. (more…)
Last week was the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo campaign raising awareness of the vast number of women facing sexual assault. While I am 100% behind this movement, I felt that it was lacking in that so many girls, those who are too young or too at-risk to have a voice, were not being acknowledged. Girls Inc. has stood up once again. (more…)
Ali conveniently brought up the concept of “golden birthdays” on the year of Story’s. Story is turning nine on October 9, her golden birthday. Of course, Ali being Ali elaborated and told Story that this should be a grand birthday, a celebration to top all previous celebrations. And Story being Story took her sweet time figuring out just what that celebration would be. I have to say, I think it turned out to be truly golden.