Ruth was almost two when her new baby sister was born. She nick-named her Baby Honey. During a particular car ride, both girls were sitting side by side, strapped in their car seats. Carolyn (Baby Honey) was fussy. We tried giving her a bottle, a pacifier, a blanket and a toy. Nothing helped. Soon her [...]
“Carolyn, where are you?” A very old theater in great need of cleaning was to be the new gathering place for church and our family volunteered to help. Scrubbing, sweeping and cleaning out rats nests kept us busy. A small group of children played as parents cleaned. But where was Carolyn? Quickly looking for my [...]
The whistle blew to line up for the water balloon toss. 4 year old Kerrington excitedly ran over to get in place. As the rules were explained, my niece came running back looking very worried. I got down eye level and asked what was wrong. “Well,” she said with her hands and arms waving expressively, [...]
“Get out of there, YOU IDIOT!” boomed a male voice. Stepping out my front door, I heard his yell blast through the neighborhood. Someone was being abused.
Abuse is more than bruises and violence. This man’s words were emotional abuse: belittling, shaming, name calling, yelling. But, subtle abuse, like giving the silent treatment, neglect or [...]
“I cut my hair,” my 4 year old granddaughter announced, bouncing out of the bathroom. “I did it all by myself!” That was obvious! But, she seemed very happy with her new hairstyle. Reality hit when she went back to take another look in the mirror. She starred at herself and yelled, “I LOOK HORRIBLE!!!”
The unusually hot humid evening begged for ice cream. Standing outside the restaurant’s walk-up window, we were handed 4 ice cream cones. That’s when the race began. “Hurry, girls,” my husband said to our two daughters, “it’s so warm out tonight you’ll have to eat fast so your ice cream doesn’t melt.” But it was [...]
My oldest daughter, Ruth (age 11) and I spent girl time together. We shopped and ate and talked. I wanted the same experience with my middle child, Carolyn (age 10). Getting Carolyn to open up and talk was tougher.
“So, Carolyn,” I began, “how is school?” ”Fine,” Carolyn said. We paused conversation and took a [...]