Normal Schnormal

She stood up and put her hand out to shake mine.  I hadn’t realized our meeting was in the plan so I quickly tried to hide my surprise. “Hello, I’m Chantell,” she said.  “It’s nice to meet you.” “It’s nice to meet you too,” I said. The lights dimmed and we both sat down with Chase between us.  Now I knew why he’d wanted to see his school’s play.  He’d made a date with his girlfriend. The curtain went up and I tried to focus on the play, but that

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Held Hostage

I started the day dragging.  I felt like I had a Super Bowl hangover—not from drinking but from media overload.  So much buzz and so little story really.  Every angle exploited to the fullest.  From Ray Lewis and his baggage to Beyoncé and pre-recorded tracks all the story notes now sounded shrill and deafening. Ready for more important news I tuned into a story that’s been going on for days—a little boy abducted from a school bus being held hostage in a storm shelter.  I read the story and quickly

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Stranded One

I heard it hit the ground as I was stepping out of my car.  It was the penny I’d found a hundred miles earlier that had fallen out of my pocket.  A woman at the Starbucks in Vail had dropped it and couldn’t be bothered in her sky high heels to pick it up.  Apparently she had no fear of slipping on the ice outside in those shoes, but a misstep in line for espresso would have been too much.  Her indifference was amusing. I was still snickering about it when

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Germ-A-Phobe

The other day I made the mistake of telling a friend this was the first winter in ten years I haven’t been sick and now I’m home in bed.  What was I thinking?  In hindsight, when she asked how I was doing I should have just said great and then I wouldn’t have jinxed myself.  Intellectually I don’t believe you can actually do that but while coughing, sneezing, and wheezing I feel like you can. She’s not the first person I’ve said this too, but our conversation was more significant

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Cutting Corners

I’ve been talking about getting new skis for a long time now but stepping off the curb to make such a big purchase has been hard.  I’m not convinced new equipment will improve things and I’m one of those folks that secretly laugh at the perfectly outfitted person who can barely get off the lift.  My skiing has improved though and since it’s one of the few sports where I can still keep up with my kids the investment seems worthy. So off I went last week to the experts

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Oh Christmas Tree

Last Christmas when I pulled out the decorations I swore I wouldn’t buy any more.  Somehow over the previous twenty-five years I’d acquired more than a department store would need.  That’s probably an overstatement, but it’s safe to say my collection had grown to the point it was time to downsize. This added a lot of time to the decorating effort then, but that investment paid off this year.  After Thanksgiving when it was time to break out the boxes I had the halls decked in record time.  Nothing even

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Slowly Melting

When I hastily set my empty coffee cup on the catalogs headed for the trash it caused an avalanche. The change I’d found the day before went flying.  I quickly set things right before Chase and I had to leave only to get a second look at the “ice sphere” adorning one of the covers.  I laughed at the absurdity of it. “What’s so funny?” Chase asked. “It’s not worth explaining,” I said as we got in the car. I pulled myself together and we started our drive to school

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“B” for Blessed

When my phone chimed instead of whistling I knew I needed to check my messages.  It was probably just football news but when you know the sound is a teenager you double check.  After all, that’s why you assign them their own ringtone.  You never know when it could be an emergency. When the message started with “Mom you won’t believe it…,” my heart sank.  I took a deep breath.  This probably wasn’t an update on his beleaguered Eagles football team.  I prepared myself for whatever shocker he had. “My

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Either Way

She snuck up behind me in line at Starbucks.  It wasn’t until I turned around that I realized it was a longtime friend and fellow tennis mom.  I was surprised three days before the Presidential election to see her any place other than canvassing neighborhoods.  This fall she’s been a faithful volunteer for the Democratic Party working hard to get the vote out.  Since politics doesn’t come up at tennis I’d never realized she was so involved locally. Usually we talk about our kids but today I had to ask

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Stay Out of It

He startled me with his comment.  It was dark so I hadn’t seen his face turn toward me before he spoke. “I’ll be glad when it’s over,” he announced. “School?” I asked since that’s where we were headed. “No the election,” he said. “Yeah me too—why what’s bothering you? “The kids that I sit with in art keep having debates. They get totally out of hand.” “Are you staying out of it?” I asked. “Oh yeah I know better. I told them they should stop debating and start creating.  That’s

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