Adult Kids

Okay. There. I said it. I feel much better now that I’ve gotten that out in the open. I know a mother is NEVER supposed to think that her child’s love interest is good enough for her precious booby-woobie, but this time my son done got himself a winner. In case you’re wondering what my […]


This post is inspired by Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation. During the month of August–Blogust–31 bloggers are writing about moments that matter. For every comment on this post and the 30 other posts, Walgreens will donate a vaccine (up to 50,000 vaccines). A child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. We can change […]


  Jeff and I have recently been boomeranged. Don’t bother looking up the word “boomeranged” in the Urban Dictionary. They have it all wrong. To be boomeranged is when your adult child moves back home. For us it means that our son wanted and needed to come home to regroup for a season before dashing […]


For those of you who don’t know, one week ago today a five-week old baby boy was placed in my daughter’s arms. And just like that, I became a grandma! Currently all is forgiven between me and God. No, I haven’t changed my mind about Him. I still think He runs this planet on a […]


Earlier this year, after 3 years of concerted (and I’m told very enjoyable) effort, it was discovered that my daughter and her husband will most likely never be able to have biological children of their own. This, coupled with a myriad of other serious personal issues, delivered the one-two punch that culminated in this year’s nervous […]


“DAMMIT!” That’s the first word that popped into my head when I woke up this morning at 4am.  I went to bed hoping to sleep like the dead until at least 10, but my dog started scratching himself and woke me up, dammit. I was in the middle of a vivid dream about two friends […]


In 1961, I was born in a government housing project to two teenaged parents. There’s me standing in front of the building we lived in. My grandmother lived around on the other side of the building. My parents met in this very courtyard when they were children. My mother’s family had to move to the project […]


Brothers and Sisters, we gather together today to commemorate the short–but well-lived–life, and mourn the untimely and tragic death of Ernie, the Parakeet.  Purchased from the local Petsmart, Ernie quickly became a treasured member of the family. Wolfie especially loved Ernie, and, Oh, how Ernie loved living in his cage next to the TV. Until […]


Good parenting is hard. Welcome to the part of the show where I share wisdom from my vast wealth of agonizing experiences parenting young adult children. Today’s question comes from a longtime reader who lives in the Adirondacks. She asks: Dear Chloe, Please help me! My 22-year old son hasn’t called me in weeks. I’ve left […]


My son had his first paying gig with his band last night. I was all excited about it when suddenly he called to tell us that there was a SNAFU.  Suddenly my excitement was replaced with panic. I started to feel anxious and stressed for him. I even felt angry at him for allowing himself […]