• Parenting

    I judged a mom today.

    I judged a mom today. I did. I judged another mother. Treat others how you want to be treated. Don’t judge a person before you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Yeah, I know. I still did it. My jaw dropped. She probably heard my teeth slam together in an effort not to show my judgement. I didn’t confront her. I didn’t say a word. She wasn’t harming her daughter in any way I could see – other than her tween daughter will hate her in a few years and leave as soon as she’s 18. I’m judging again. I’ll stop. I took Emma to the orthodontist. Some parents sit in the receptionists’ waiting area…

  • Humor

    I survived adult braces.

    I made an impulse purchase nine months ago. When most people make an impulse purchase, it’s a pack of gum at the check-out counter. My impulse purchase was a full bottom set of metal braces. And I had to avoid gum. I don’t know what happened. I took Emma in for a braces consultation. I walked out with a painful jaw and a pack of wax in my hand. That was nine months ago. I got my braces off. Again. I’m eating popcorn as I type this. In response to my braces, I was flooded with questions. I am not alone when it comes to cussing at our teenage selves for not wearing…

  • Humor

    Say cheese.

    It was a last second decision, really. Or maybe it was a decision I made in my head years ago. I took Emma in for an orthodontic consultation and I walked out with bottom braces for the next ten months. I don’t know what happened. I was sitting there, talking to the orthodontist about Emma’s smile. I said I wish I wore my retainer. One x-ray and a quick quote later – BOOM. I picked a seat in between two middle schoolers and started to decline. Right there, a 33-year-old public service announcement: wear your retainers, kids. And worse, my own kids took video on my phone. I had a laughing audience. I sent a…