Golden

As I approach my golden year, My jewel in the crown, perhaps:   This emotions-partly-frozen year, This artificial, jointed year, This sedentary comforts year Shall fade into the past;   And I And I And I And I   Shall rule myself At last.   Copyright 2018 Andrea LeDew

Security Blankets

Warm.  Soft.  Cozy.   This is the time of year when we snuggle under them, wrap ourselves in them, tuck old and worn ones under our favorite shivering pets, cover our legs with them, ready for an invigorating sleigh ride.  And rumor has it, some of us even knit them!   I am not such…

The Next Best Thing to Snow (Short Story)

It was December and Lulu was feeling sorry for herself.  Of all the places her parents could have picked to move to at Christmas, Florida had to be the worst. No ice skating.  No hurtling down hills on a toboggan.  No hot chocolate hayrides through a frozen cranberry bog, or cross-country skiing.  No snowshoeing through…

Asking for Help

Asking for help is hard. My parents were always the ones who fought over who paid the bill.  I remember my mom throwing cash into the window of a relative’s departing car, rather than “owe” her the price of a dinner.  This is where I come from.  As a result, I have always found it…

Reunions

This was the first Thanksgiving I have not hosted in a long time. I originally intended to host.  I invited my parents and members of my family who don’t live here currently and asked them all to come to my house.  It was going to be a celebration of my newfound mobility, a six-month reunion…

Thank You: It’s Only Polite

When my kids were little, every time they interacted with strangers, I felt a little boost of pride.  Once, my kids were polite. My parents cared about politeness.  My mom had an old copy of Emily Post, where we would look up the proper way to do things.  Which fork goes where.  How long you…