Author Archives: Lorraine

Never say ‘What else could go wrong?’

Ari, Emerson, Vishu, Swapnil, Cort, Adam and three Christophers, one all the way from Texas. That is how many boys were at my cottage last weekend. Oh, and Taryn, because I needed to tip the estrogen levels just a little. … Continue reading

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The foundations of cottage lore

I think of the cottage as my second home, and in many ways it is. It has become kind of suspended in time, and when we walk in each year, we pick up where we left off. The months it … Continue reading

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Wearing pants is for amateurs

There’s a lot of things you can do without wearing pants. For years, the boys knew that if I could hear them in the kitchen late at night I would inevitably holler down, “Leave me enough milk for tea!” Everybody … Continue reading

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My KitKat is graduating from high school? Already?

My niece graduated from high school last week. So did a lot of kids, but only one is my niece and there is only one Katya. I’m proud of her. She’s one of those straight A students who has checked … Continue reading

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Dinner is ready when the dogs stop licking the deck

I sat working in the kitchen while Taryn made dinner. She was singing lightly to herself, nearly under her breath, as she chopped and stirred. I listened for a few minutes, smiling. My mother always sang while she cooked or … Continue reading

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Pay it forward and feed your kids’ friends

Because of geography, our rec room is often the central meeting place for the boys and their friends. They use it as a base to go out from, or more often than not, they just crash here for the evening. … Continue reading

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Why I won’t snoop on my kids, or anyone else

“There’s a letter here for you,” I told Christopher. “Open it.” “Noooooooo. I can’t.” I legally can’t, but I also physically can’t. Under Section 48 of the Canada Post Corporation’s Act, it is illegal to open someone else’s mail. I … Continue reading

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If I start packing now, I’ll be done in two years

When I bought this house from my parents, Dad had already been in care for a year, and Mom did the smartest kind of move, ever: she simply selected the things she wanted to take to her new place and … Continue reading

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Going to the dogs one babysitting gig at a time

I am babysitting. Well, dogsitting, to be more exact. When Christopher and Pammy moved out last fall, they took Alfie with them. Alfie is the tiny rat terrier Chihuahua that looks like Yoda. We like to say he has oodles … Continue reading

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Normal people are worried about what their kids post on the Internet

For any of my longtime readers, you’ll know two years ago I underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy, documented in two Motherlode columns in May 2014. It’s been a long road these past two years, with many decisions, many emotions and … Continue reading

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