Kathy's Blog (53)

Can you teach your child to be empathetic or kinder?

Driving along today I over heard a conversation from the third row of the ‘Burban that sums up so clearly the difference between my three children…



Greg: “When I am an adult I am going to build houses for Hobos that are worth less than a cent so they can have somewhere to live.” (I am assuming he means “affordable”.)



Julia: “I am going to do that too, but first the Hobos have to give me the box they’re living in. Then I will give them a house. Then my kids can have a fun… Continue

Added by Kathy on August 14, 2009 at 11:40am — No Comments

Northern Food?

The other day a friend of mine was explaining all the foods that she had prepared for their BBQ. They included things I had never heard of and can’t even remember so I could type it here. It all sounded delicious, or maybe it was the way she described them that sounded so good. So she had this great idea of getting our families together and having a big spread. She would prepare Southern cuisine and I would supply the Northern Yankee food. I smiled as I gritted my teeth and thought, “What the… Continue

Added by Kathy on July 30, 2009 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Religion in my home is always Interesting!

Forgive me as I repeat a story some of you may have heard, but it still makes me smile to this day and yesterday Greg said something that reminded me of it again.

Back after September 11th there were hundreds … no thousands of memorials and services of every kind. Being in New York at that time, as many of you can attest to, was a surreal experience and one I pray no one has to ever live through again regardless how proud I am to claim my Native New Yorker status. It seemed there was not a… Continue

Added by Kathy on June 27, 2009 at 10:54pm — No Comments

A lesson about the past

I think I have finally realized, after a lifetime of drama, that I cannot change my past. I can only examine it, honor it for what it was and move on to what is now.

Did it have to take so long to come to this? Most people, I believe, learn this at a much earlier age. Even my children know if something isn’t working, try a bit and then go on to the next thing. Me? Nope. I get stuck in the holding pattern of What ifs and If Onlys. I will take an incident or relationship and toss it around… Continue

Added by Kathy on June 23, 2009 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

Skin Cancer like beauty, is more than skin deep

In honor of the first day of Summer, which was yesterday, Welcome to my Public Service Announcement today. For those that have known me awhile, and even if you don’t, you know my disdain for cancer. It isn’t just because I lost my dad and my daughter has been fighting it most of her life, though that is more than enough reason for sure! Some of my older friends here know that I lost my first husband, Rob, to melanoma. It was first spotted on the top of his head by the woman that cut his hair.… Continue

Added by Kathy on June 22, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

I ain't that perfect!

Don't you just love when you find out you are not alone? I don't mean alone in the literal sense, but when you think you must be the darkest, most horrible wife and mother on the planet ... and then you find you aren't! That at least if you are, you have company! That others have days just as bad. I have been convinced lately that the rest of the world has perfect relationships with each other. Perfect marriages, perfect parents, perfect children, perfect friendships.

Yes, I know there is… Continue

Added by Kathy on June 19, 2009 at 6:12pm — No Comments

the Love of Motherhood

Like all mothers out there, I love all my children the same, but differently. The amount of love I have for each of them is immeasurable, but the things I love about them and the experiences I have with each of them are quite different.



I love my first born in a special way, because he is just that … my first born. Together we have experienced so many firsts that have been indelibley etched in my brain and on my heart. God willing, we will have many more before my journey is through.… Continue

Added by Kathy on June 16, 2009 at 3:38am — No Comments

Oh sure, so NOW I get it!

I had one of those revelations the other day that really should have come at a much earlier point in my development. I can’t even remember what spurred it on, but I finally figured out that if I tell people what I am thinking, rather than have them figure it out on their own, things tend to go much smoother. It is so easy to misinterpret words, expressions and phrases that are bandied about without thought. I find that people either (a) give me too much credit and read way too much into what I… Continue

Added by Kathy on June 9, 2009 at 11:49am — No Comments

Do you, should you, fight in front of your kids?

An interesting conversation took place between my son and I last night. He was visibly shaken from the news that friends of ours are in the midst of a divorce. They have young children and, from his point of view, an ideal life. He could not grasp that they could really be separating. They always seemed to be so happy and he said to me, with his eyes looking up while his head bent down, "Mom, don't take this the wrong way, but if I had to pick between you and Dad or Mr. and Mrs. X. getting… Continue

Added by Kathy on June 9, 2009 at 11:14am — No Comments

How busy are we making ourselves and our children?

How busy are we making ourselves?

This morning I was listening to Bob and Sheri and they had a guest (some NASCAR wife named Kim Burton) and she was speaking of the latest project she is involved with. It is Libbey's campaign called Get Back to the Table. To summarize briefly, they are advocating that we take the time to have dinner with our families at our own dinner table several times a week. Apparently studies have shown that this connection can reduce drug abuse, teen pregnancy,… Continue

Added by Kathy on May 22, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

A new beginning I want you to be part of.

After yesterday's hoped for, prayed for, wished for and very much relieving news of Julia's clean spinal fluid, my family is trying with all our might to adjust to yet another new NORMAL. We are a family that to this point, has survived pediatric cancer. We know how lucky we are and are happy to trade our lottery winning luck for beating cancer luck any day. At least that explains why we haven't won the lottery!

So I am now onto blogging about other important issues! I have struggled for… Continue

Added by Kathy on May 21, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Tomorrow ... please keep my girl in your prayers.

Everything has been going along fine. Julia is feeling okay, but it has now been 2 1/2 months since she has completed her protocol for the relapse of her leukemia. Tomorrow is the day we go in for a follow up LP (Lumbar puncture) or as you may know it as, a spinal tap. I have no definite reasons to be concerned, but as other parents in my place can testify to, testing days are the worst days. I notice every bruise, every complaint, every bit of fatigue and what always stares back at me is… Continue

Added by Kathy on May 19, 2009 at 10:41pm — 1 Comment

I am not a Baby Mommy anymore!

First, let me say Happy Birthday to my first born!!! Thomas turned 11 today and I can barely stand it! I can still feel those labor pains if I think back to where I was at this time 11 years ago! I am also saddened, in a way, to see how much time has changed Mommyhood for me and life for him. He most certainly wasn’t interested in having a birthday party this year. The days of Chuck E Cheez, Bowling and Miracle Maze parties are behind us now. Sniff Sniff.



Another change was in his… Continue

Added by Kathy on May 19, 2009 at 10:37pm — No Comments

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