I was a single mom from before Baby Girl was 2 until she was in college. We had slumber parties nearly every weekend and took wild and crazy road trips whenever I had a few extra bucks. But as Baby Girl became a teen, she began to spend more time with friends than with mom.… Continue reading A Single Mom’s Nightmare Before Christmas
I made this for Meme Friday in honor of my dad, Charles Caldwell, who died in 2008 at the age of 68. When he died, I was 42 years old and I was an orphan. Funny how no matter how old you are, when your parents are gone, you feel adrift, like you're swimming without… Continue reading A Southern girl will always need her daddy
Yep, this happened, when Baby Girl was about 7 or 8. Happy Mother's Day!
The following column was published in The News Courier in 2002, when Baby Girl was 9, but it’s about something that happened when she was 4. At the time, I had taken a brief break from journalism and owned a business that sapped me of energy and left me feeling I didn’t give enough to… Continue reading For the moms whose lives don’t resemble a Hallmark commercial …
The following is from my 2010 book, "Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom" I have tasted fear. It tasted a little like a breakfast burrito backing up on me but that’s not the point. The point is that everyone has felt fear but I’m not sure mine count as real, medically recognized… Continue reading The only thing we have to fear is … teenagers