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    Around the Water Cooler

    04.17.2015 / WORK

    This essay was written in partnership with Soma – thanks for reading! When you’re a freelancer, and you’re married to a freelancer, and you both work flexible, semi-odd hours, sometimes you date in the kitchen. You don’t dress fancy – pajamas or jeans will do – and you bring a chilled glass of water in lieu of flowers. And you …

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    Us, Currently

    04.14.2015 / FAMILY

    She: Ending her sentences in a high-pitched whisper, like there’s a surprise, like she’s a rainbow, her final words a pot of gold. Fighting the afternoon nap. Favoring cashews. “Reading” from my devotional at night in our bed, substituting Psalms verses for monster encounters. Memorizing iPhone passwords. Hacking said iPhones, taking 3,000 photos on said iPhone cameras. Naming her stuffed koala “Judes My Husband or Gokey or Plop Plop.” Twirling, somersaulting, radiating. He: Juggling a lot, per usual, with a great attitude, per usual. Toddler whispering. Kitchen conference call pacing. Hair growing. Jack-of-all-trading: snapping …

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    6pm

    04.13.2015 / FAMILY

    I’m in my kitchen, and it is 5:45pm, and there are toys strewn about like ants leading to our fallen tree of a dining room table. I call for Bee to begin cleaning up for the evening, and I struggle to recall the song Daniel Tiger taught her (or more accurately me, as everything I know of toddler parenting I’ve learned from those lynxy little melodies). Clean up, pick up, put it on? Clean up everyone? Is that it? I …

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