From the category archives:

Stepping Outside

On a daily basis, I think of her. Sometimes it’s as if she hasn’t been gone for the past 7 months and my mind defaults to my 35-year-long habit – that she’s always there for me, just a phone call away. It’s always the same thing, something exciting will happen in my life or Lucas […]


… you should freaking answer the door.  Seriously! I have basically been MIA from the KIV Mommy Blog for an unexpected while (sorry!), but that’s about to change.  You see, an opportunity has knocked at my door and, not only did I answer it, but I let it lift me up and carry me over the threshold.  […]



by Monica on January 20, 2010 · 0 comments

I’m barely ankle-deep into an online class I signed up for on a whim earlier this month, but already I can feel the wheels turning in this rusty old brain ‘o mine.  As I type this, I may have even made the decision to do something pretty freaking drastic, that may or may not have the people in my life […]


2009 was, in more ways than one, a very defining year for me.  Of course it would be easy to look at the loss of my Mother in late September as the single most life-changing definitive moment of the year, BUT in retrospect, I spent the majority of this last year figuring out exactly who I am now.  […]


She opened the cupboard to pull out a puzzle for Lucas, and I saw through the shear number of activities stored there, that she loves being a Grandma.  My mind then flashes back to a moment where she found me hiding in that closet over 20 years ago.  Her daughter had invited me over afterschool but […]


Three Gifts

by Monica on December 21, 2009 · 3 comments

Drawer after drawer we sorted and packed away a lifetime of belongings.  I found hidden memories, long forgotten, yet lovingly packed away for a rainy day.  It was quite evident how much she valued our little lives.  Every award, every birthday card, every baby tooth, even a lock of hair – it was all there […]


Stepping Outside

by Monica on December 10, 2009 · 0 comments

Hot plumes of steam dance across my face, my tastebuds bursting with lemon, pharmaceutical, and comfort. I’m an advocate for the all-natural but sometimes, godammit, I just want to escape into the instantaneous bliss that symptom-masking chemicals provide. I’ve been sick for 24 hours now, some kind of cold. Physically I’ve slowed down a bit, […]


The passing of the torch

by Monica on December 8, 2009 · 4 comments

Hot tears streaked down the sides of my cheeks, as I read the card: “You peeking through the living room blinds on Millstone to watch Jeannie Poirier kiss her boyfriend goodbye.” “Whenever we played outside after supper, we had to go home when the street lights came on.” “Richard Laurison always bullied us.  One day […]


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