Category Archives: Out in the world

Girl Things, Boy Things

“May the fourth be with you!” my son and I solemnly greeted each other this past Sunday, May 4th, and then instantly broke into giggles at the play on pop-culture. Grade one and our six year-old has been bitten by … Continue reading

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My First and Last, My One and Only

“So, which one of you is his birthmother?” a fellow mom asks me outside the elementary school. It’s the second day of kindergarten, and her words snap me out of my reverie. I realize I’m still staring forlornly at the … Continue reading

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Rainbow K

“Guess what?” my brand-new kindergartener announces. “Monsieur L is a MAN!” He’s practically shouting at my back as we pedal home from school together, his black and yellow Trail-A-Bike hitched behind my Norco hybrid. This is where he likes to … Continue reading

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Mama Daddy

My three-year old was splashing in the tub, playing with his new “Sea & Learn” bath shapes, gleefully counting all the good things that come in twos.  He’d started with the bath toys, pairs of letters and numbers and sea … Continue reading

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Boob Shirt

“Okay, this week we’re doing a C-section simulation,” the instructor cheerfully announced to our prenatal class. Amanda and I exchanged a look, as did the other couples in the room – simulating labour had been one thing, but an actual … Continue reading

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Postcard from Rednecksville

It’s Friday night. I’ve pulled over at a gas bar by the highway, in the middle of giant box-store sprawl, some ten minutes after disembarking at Departure Bay ferry terminal. We’ve crossed the water to Nanaimo, “Finding Nemo” as my … Continue reading

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Baby Burrito

Last week, my cousin’s only son headed off for his first year of university in a town seven hours away. His father’s car packed to the gills, off he went to study biology – and to experience his first taste … Continue reading

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