Most recently published stories in Families.
Our Little Problem Solver
My family moved from one small town to another in the summer of 2010. My mom had a new job and the 30 minute commute from our old house wasn't sustainable for us. I was excited for the new house, but sad to leave my friends behind.
A Bit of What You Fancy
I am an almost-adult — I have a job and several longterm pot plants, if not a flat or a boyfriend — and yet when I saw Joe Hardy again I felt like a nervous teen. My god, I told myself, you’ve got a Masters degree and a thriving Peace Lily, you should be able to get a grip. I knew that the right thing to do was go and comfort him, but I was too proud. Instead, I moved only to push aside my Grandma’s white, net curtains, spying on him like some ageing member of the Neighbourhood Watch.
Don't Let Your Teen Become a Statistic
Hiding our heads in the sand will not help when it comes to teens having sex. We have to admit that it is happening and if you have teenagers there is a chance that they are either having sex or thinking about having sex. So what are you going to do about it? Forbid them? I’m sure you remember how well that worked when you were a teenager and your parents forbid you to do something.
Choice of Devotion
Everyone in the house has a quiet smile. In 4 months we'll have a sweet bundle of joy arriving and I'm beaming! A little anxious too just like any expecting mother, right? This is the biggest choice of trust in our relationship; see, Daniel had his daughter Paige with his grad-school sweetheart, she was 6 when we met. I already had my two sweet girls, Eliza and Joy, from the longest engagement ever known to man.
The Special Date
They had met before, although back then I would not have called it a date. In fact, they had met many times before today. Today was special though, they were in a new town, and it had been years since they had seen one another. Based on the clock they still had a few hours to wait. If it was going to be special Mike had plenty of work ahead of him.
What Makes Kids Successful in the Future Life?
I was born in the '90s. I spent my entire childhood playing outside with kids from the nearest neighborhoods. We knew each other well since most of us ended up studying at the same school.
Mother's Day Gift Baskets - Make Your Own
That special day for mom is coming and if you really want to surprise her this year, you can make Mother’s Day gift baskets that will show her how special she is to you. A gift that comes from the heart will always mean more than jewelry or flowers. Put together a gift basket full of goodies that will make her glow with pride.
A Match Made in Traffic
[This was a story I wrote in my early times of writing stint(!) and my writing has improved much better. Or so I hope. Do read and enjoy the little twist? at the end]
The Treasure Box
A number of years ago when my granddaughters were all younger from 4 to 12 we would go on a week long camping trip along with other friends who had small children there was a mixture of boys and girls, the mothers and aunts would get together and decide what would make the camping trip a memorable one. This year I decided to do something on my own for the kids, I created a authentic looking map stained with tea on parchment paper used black ink with a odd looking compass but you could well see that it was a compass, then I had a wooden box made with a pirate and crossbones burned into it, rummaged through my cosmetic jewelry and stuffed it into the box this was looking pretty cool for kids to dig up!
Grief is for the grieving
I was raised in a community where when someone passed away, the focus was on doing whatever you could to encourage the grieving family who is left behind. It seems that things have changed over the decades or perhaps I am only now becoming acquainted with those of different personalities. Since the death of my husband I have been overwhelmed by individuals who seem to borderline on being narcissistic and attempt to use me as a platform for their own personal sounding board. Some seem to think I am their pet project.
NO SMOKE AND NO WINE
-All encounters in the world are reunion after a long separation.- Part One：The Story of Lotus Angel "No Wine" I'm a little boy. I have a little elder sister, who is also my closest friend. We used to live in the Lotus Heaven, where there was a boundless lotus sea. Whenever the breeze was blowing, the lotus petals were dancing gently, flashing moving lights. There were many, many little boys and girls like us. Only the purest and kindest children can live in our lotus heaven. We were called "Lotus Angels". During the day, we grew lotus in the lotus sea, picked lotus seeds, or learnt the wisdom of the Divine. When night fell, we slept in our own lotus flower.
I worked for him for a decade... freelance. We became friends, and he a mentor. But the start was rocky. I was hired the first time because I knew absolutely nothing about him.