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…)
Nurture Her Nature
Last Saturday began like any other Saturday morning. Riley woke up before all of us in hopes of being allowed to play games on my phone while Maddie and I slept in. While she took herself to the bathroom, I readied the phone in hopes of at least another half hour of sleep. But, instead of requesting the phone when she returned, she had another request. (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…)
I have to admit, when Lesley told me that she was getting a cell phone for Story’s birthday, I had my reservations. The world is a scary place online these days, and even though all of our girls have access to electronics, they have not yet had access to a platform that could post their thoughts to the whole world. I know Lesley is no fool and would never give Story that kind of access even with a smartphone in hand. Still, she’s one step closer to that world, and it’s scary. (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.