Category Archives: Childhood

Hurry and slow

As a kid, I never did anything quickly. I was born a month past my due date. I didn’t learn to walk until I was almost 18-months old. And once I learned to walk, I still took my time. I … Continue reading

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Changing the goal

For four months in grade 3, I took piano lessons. Today, more than 20 years later, I can still play a few of the songs I learned in those four months. A few years ago around Christmas time, Christmas Canon was … Continue reading

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11 things I learned coaching gymnastics

Through high school, university and even when I started my “grown-up job”, I coached gymnastics. For 11 years I watched kids succeed and I watched them fall down, I made up silly dances and improvised ridiculous games, and I learned … Continue reading

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Austin, my seven year-old cousin, is a pretty awesome little guy. He’s silly with the very best giggle. He’s clever, he does math without realizing it’s math. He’s determined, just watch him navigate the “one more book” bedtime negotiation. And … Continue reading

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Living Room Performances

This past weekend, I looked after four kids under the age of 10. Two were my cousins, two were friends, all four are kids that I adore. The ten year-old had just bought the Frozen soundtrack, and almost right away, … Continue reading

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How hating a rollercoaster changed everything

Every summer from the time I was 8, my parents would pack my brother and I up in the car and trek 10 hours south to my aunt and uncle’s house in Belle Mead, New Jersey. We’d spend the week … Continue reading

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