Lessons from an albino squirrel


Out of the corner of my eye I see a flash of white.  There it is!  The elusive neighborhood albino squirrel had just darted up a tree outside my window.  Since the winter snow had fallen and blanketed our backyard, I hadn’t seen our little friend as much.  I had missed his fluffy white tail and little pink nose.  He finally blended in with the world around him.

This was not the case last June when I first noticed him scampering across our weathered wooden fence.  I had to look twice to figure out what the little fur-ball was.  With a backyard full of oak trees, there is always an abundance of squirrels, but I had never seen an albino one before.   Continue reading

I love my kids, but sometimes I hate being a mom

It’s six o’ clock in the morning and my boys are awake.  They “sneak” into my bedroom and try to crawl into bed with me.  I sleepily protest and send them back to their room.  I can hear them jumping off their beds and wrestling each other to the floor as I doze back to sleep for a few minutes, only to be forced out of bed by the hungry cries of my five month old daughter.

I try to rub the sleep out of my eyes as my daughter persistently nurses.  It had been another “cat-nap” night as I drowsily attended to a son’s nightmare induced sobs, followed soon after by a late night feeding for baby.  Continue reading