Lessons from the State of Emergency

  1. You can cook far more than you ever imagined on a backyard grill.
  2. A living room camp-out is almost as exciting as the real thing.
  3. The deep freeze needs a good purge anyway.
  4. If the metro is running, just get on. Your destination will appear.
  5. Neighbors you have never met are eager to talk and happy to help.
  6. Suffer or adapt?
  7. You don’t need A/C to build a castle.
  8. People really do treat broken traffic lights as four-way stops.
  9. Ice is a minor miracle.
  10. If you get up the courage to ask your ex for a hand, he might provide it.
  11. The dark basement is your friend.
  12. When your kid needs to unleash his boiling crankiness, get in the pool with him and let him splash you in the face as many times as he wants. His pleasure will not surprise you. Yours might.
  13. If you see a nap, seize it.
  14. Trees are further proof that it is possible to love and fear something in equal measure.
  15. It’s never too hot to cuddle.
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4 thoughts on “Lessons from the State of Emergency”

  1. beautiful. . .just darn beautiful. . .wish we could have also been there having fun with you, splashing, boiling, lending a hand, and just taking some deep breaths with you. . . 10 years from now, I hope that getting to read these notes & poems & stories, shows the lil’ monster nothing but love & respect & beauty (along of course with some hard figgerin’ & hard thinkin).

  2. Sending you love Shannon. Enjoy reading your loving thoughts about your little one. Audrey is 17 and heading out to Goucher College in th Fall. (sob/sniffle) so far away for cuddling…so don’t blink. xoxtake care xox Peg

    1. That little girl with the blond curls? So hard to believe! She has turned into a gorgeous, talented young woman, and she’s off on the next great adventure. You’re a great mom!

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