Photo: cx33000, Flickr user, Creative Commons cc license An imperceptible noise wakes me and I turn. Red digital numbers gleam 6:44 am and I am grateful, Thanks for waking me up, God. I slip quietly out of bed, wanting to hug and pray for John on his first day back to school. Yellow kitchen light…

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  We’ve moved twice in three years, which is not normal for us. In both homes, we set down roots, spread our plants and dreams across the yards, and planted fruit bushes that require longevity. In our last house, a square two-story yellow home fronted by purple maples, four pine trees in a row, and…

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I love that he accounted for conflict. Photo: Ed Yourdon, Creative Commons, cc license My french press Mahogany beans coffee was chilling in the fridge, and the sweetened condensed milk can’s metal edges were already cool. I was heading out the door in thirty minutes for a women and kids weekly Park Play-date. I needed…

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“Have you checked yours yet, Mom?” he asks from downstairs, laughing as I am struck temporarily deaf by the dishwasher’s hums below me and do not reply. “Oh! I thought you were talking to Dad,” I bumble and grin. “Yes, I walk out each morning and eat the reddest tomatoes!” I exclaim. “I’ll have more…

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