Summer of Wisdom…err, Teeth

Back in September or October, Randa's dentist informed me that her wisdom teeth were starting to come in.  She gave us a referral to an oral surgeon and we called.  No joy.  He no longer accepted Randa's dental insurance.  We tried another.  Same result.  We tried three more.  Finally, in February, we found an oral…

I Did It Again!

Everyone has been guilty of it. At least, I hope I'm not alone in this. But I have this tendency to put important things in a "really safe place" and then when it comes time that I really need them, said "really safe place" has completely left my mind. Last time it was a social…

Gainful Employment *OR* 1 Down 4 to Go

Yesterday afternoon, while I was sweating my ass off in the kitchen making dinner and washing up the dishes that the kids had stacked up to just under the spigot so that I had to lift it up in order to unwedge the large pot from between it and every dish I own under it,…

Finding Ismail

Finding IsmailEveryone goes through that pre-teen/teenager search time in his or her life. Some earlier than others. My third child, Ismail, is ten years old. AndI'm a little confused as to why HE is hanging out in the "personality fitting room" of life instead of his 14 year old brother. I mean, I expect my teenagerto be trying on…

Red Tape and Traffic Jams

Buses, taxis, service cars, motorcycles, motorcycle-taxis, and horse-driven carts....Noise, pollution, heat, dirt, impatience, not enough room on the sidewalks...Sweaty, dirty, headache, hustling across the street trying not to get nailed by a mini-bus.All worth it. I'm done with all the paperwork and running around. I managed to weavemy way in and out of, off and…

Fred Flinstone Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Us

Yes. This pretty much sums it up. My little boy, Ismail, is twelve. Okay.He'll be 13 in September. And he wears a size 12 men's shoe. Hisolder brother wears an 11.5 but he's 16 years old, so one wouldn'texactly cringe at that size since he's closer to adulthood. But Ismail isonly 12! And they are…

Ready, Set, Jump into Summer!!

I went to pick up Ismail's report card from the school yesterday....and lo,and behold! HE PASSED. We'd been so worried because he really doesnot study much and I'm convinced he has a little dyslexia going on. At any rate, Ismail passed. We're soooo happy. No summer school. No morescreaming, yelling, begging, crying, grounding, etc. Yay!…

Bright Spots in My Day Today

This is Ismail. He's my third child, second son, first to help when I need it. Ismail could charm the pants off of just about anyone if he tried. And he has a heart of gold...with a taste for ornery like you wouldn't believe. He's been in trouble for dumping a plate of cold eggs…