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Missing My Kid On His Birthday

Missing My Kid On His Birthday

Today is my son’s birthday. His 17th one. And for the first time ever, I’m not with him. I can't hug him more than he wants me to. I can't tell him, again, the story of his birth. And I can't bake him a birthday cake from scratch. (Oh, right, I wouldn't do that anyway.)
On Turning 48 (Just One Step Closer to 50)

On Turning 48 (Just One Step Closer to 50)

Today is my birthday. Yep, I'm 48 years old. F@*k. That’s old. But as my daughter told me today, “You don’t look 48. And you definitely don’t act 48.” Thanks kid. I should have spent an extra couple of bucks on your Hanukkah present.
Conversations With My Husband: 50th Birthday Cruise Edition

Conversations With My Husband: 50th Birthday Cruise Edition

My husband celebrated his 50th birthday last week. On Thursday night, I threw him a surprise happy hour at one of our favorite local bars. People from all different parts of his life just kept walking through the doors. Unexpectedly. And he felt tremendously loved. Which is how I wanted him to feel.
My Husband's 50th Birthday

My Husband’s 50th Birthday

Today is my husband’s 50th birthday. Fifty is kind of old. I mean, for a husband of mine to be. I’m only 47. His trophy wife.
Sweet Sixteen (Yes, My Son Is Sweet)

Sweet Sixteen (Yes, My Son Is Sweet)

My son turns 16 today. And after all of these years, I can still remember staring up at the ceiling of the operating room in the wee hours of the morning, after over 24 hours of labor, waiting for the doctor to cut me open and extract this kid.
The Love Of A 100 Year-Old Ex-Grandmother-In-Law

The Love Of A 100 Year-Old Ex-Grandmother-In-Law

I’m going to a birthday party tomorrow night.A 100 year-old birthday party. For a person. And not just any person. My former grandmother-in-law. My ex-husband’s grandmother. The great-grandmother of my children. Nana, as my kids call her, is a pretty remarkable woman. (What an understatement.) She’s of Sicilian descent and grew up in New York....