Author Archives: aggiemannix

Community-May letter to my niece

Dearest Margaret, May is packed! My monthly calendar had several lines for each day, but there were never quite enough lines in May. Writing small, I squeezed the time for the end-of-year concerts between the soccer practices, lax games, the … Continue reading

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Traveling with Adult Children

For several years, I tried to plan a vacation for our family, somewhere fun and relaxing for our twenty and thirty-something children and son-in-law. Our schedules were out of sync. I was frustrated and disappointed but not surprised given the … Continue reading

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Humor-April Letter to my niece

Dearest Margaret, April starts with a day I dread-April Fools’ Day. I’ve never liked it. Practical jokes feel mean and embarrassing and I have spent a life time avoiding them. I do not laugh at myself easily, but rather easily … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflection-March letter to my niece

Dearest Margaret, March is part winter, part spring and this year once complete, it is Easter. Alleluia! This Lent I reflected on my parenting in relation to religion, faith and spirituality. My Catholic faith was paramount during my childhood and … Continue reading

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The Sweet Spot

I can see us clearly. Five across, loosely spaced, we walked down the middle of our street. My son bouncing or side stepping, that fast shuffle move I struggled through during high school basketball practice decades ago, he does effortlessly. … Continue reading

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Love-February letter to my niece

Dearest Margaret, J and M sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, First comes love, Then comes marriage, Then comes C and B In a baby carriage! The playground song gets it right . . .first comes love! For you and J, … Continue reading

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Shoot with the Truth

When my kids were younger, especially teen-agers, I allowed and even encouraged them to use me as their go-to excuse. Whether it was turning down an invitation, avoiding dangerous activity, or simply taking a break from a friend, I was … Continue reading

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