“It felt like a carousel ride that never stopped. But I didn’t want it to stop.”

Ugh, Get a Life (an almost-empty-nester’s plea to self)

I have become the person I never wanted to become.

When I was a teen, and even a young mom, it irritated then saddened me that my mother didn’t have a life outside of us kids. I remember twenty-five years ago — when my firstborn was a baby — talking excitedly to my brother about my children’s book idea. I was a writer, darn-it, had the English degree and years of teaching the high school Hamburger Essay to prove it. That idea lasted about two days. Infants do not respect agendas. …

Candace Waldee

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