Christmas Unicorns and the Certainty of Death

Christmas is coming, and my family absolutely loves Christmas lights. I leave the job of putting up the lights in Dove’s capable and enthusiastic hands.  Each year, he puts up the lights that we already have, and adds something new. This year was the first that he selected one of those inflatable lawn decorations.  A … Continue reading “Christmas Unicorns and the Certainty of Death”

Cucumber Kitty Defense

Cat was crying – shouting in frustration and panic.  I immediately went to investigate. She was in the kitchen, holding a plastic garbage bag in front of her legs and trying to fend off the kitten, who was engaged in a frenzied game of trying to get her toes through the plastic.  When she saw … Continue reading “Cucumber Kitty Defense”

Conflicting Needs – Mr. Pig’s Party

I was having a rough day.  My husband, Dove, was having to work long hours, leaving me with a greater share of the childcare and housework than usual.  We were getting over being sick. I was not completely sure how I was going to complete everything on my long to-do list for the day.  But … Continue reading “Conflicting Needs – Mr. Pig’s Party”

Dealing with Feelings

Feelings are difficult.  My own feelings are difficult enough.  But when I started working in childcare I suddenly became responsible for helping little, emotionally immature people handle their massive emotions.  And that was way, way more difficult.  It is quite a trick to maintain composure when a intense ball of rage trapped in a 2-year-old … Continue reading “Dealing with Feelings”