Tag Archives: Adolescence

To My Nieces On Their Graduation

Dear Ronna and Mara: This period marks such a milestone to you and your family, with a high school graduation and a college graduation in the same year. For us parents, it is a time for quiet gratification that we … Continue reading

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So Broken

It was Mid-winter in Ottawa when I first laid eyes on Mannon (not her real name, of course). I was to be her attending resident for the next two months. We had divvied up the patients on the Adolescent Medicine … 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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Over Quiche and Pork Roast

It was a pleasant Monday evening in May. The sun was still out when we all made our way to Anna’s new home up on a hill. She welcomed us at the door and led us into her kitchen. The … Continue reading

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I Remember Irma

    Somewhere between waiting to board my flight and mentally recalling every single item I have hastily packed, my memories of Irma insinuated itself into my consciousness. I am transported again to that cold January day, more than 13 … 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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