Category Archives: growing up

J.D. Says We Can

In the aftermath of the U.S. elections, when we managed to pull ourselves out of the rubble and debris, we sought refuge in each other’s promises to continue the fight for whatever it is we vowed we would be willing … Continue reading

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The Daughter Chronicles: Consequences

It was like any ordinary late summer evening in 1997.  Most days, it was still warm and sunny, but the nights were getting cooler.  The sun had just about disappeared when we all sat in the kitchen for dinner. “Lara … Continue reading

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The Daughter Chronicles: The Rice Battle

I remember arguing with my nanny and eventually my mother, about finishing the food on my plate. In the first place, my plate was prepared for me. I did not have a say on the quantity of food my nanny … Continue reading

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Yayas and Nannies

A friend asked me if I’ve had the opportunity to watch “The Help,” which came out on theaters recently.  Unfortunately, I have not had a chance.  I read the book about two years ago.  It was passed on to me … Continue reading

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Campus Tour

This morning we left a little early. We wanted to avoid the traffic into the city. We were going to the campus tour of USF. The air was cool for summer. The sky was blanketed with clouds, although the forecast … Continue reading

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Graduation Blues

Last night, we brought them to the airport.  They were almost bursting with excitement.  This trip will become the culmination of their journey over the last four years. It was only two days ago, when we watched them receive their … Continue reading

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Cutting Class

After a festive evening of cooking, eating, drinking, telling stories, it was time to clean up. We all pitched in to tidy up. It was then that I asked the kids what they thought about J’s current issue with school. … Continue reading

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Why We Bother

We were giddy, giggly, wide-eyed teens with open vistas ahead of us. We lamented our typical teenage angst but we shared not the travails of the everyday man. We whispered on each other’s ears our juvenile longings, quasi intellectualism, even … Continue reading

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Woody & Buzz

We just had to see it, Lara, Marc, and me.  For old time’s sake.  Missed having Mitch with us.  But it felt like all those times when I would be the only parent left to take the trio to a … Continue reading

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