Bamaly- is that even a word?

Oh yes, it is, and I am living proof that it is so much more than that. Bamaly is a state of mind, a feeling, a group of diverse people sharing one main common bond- The University of Alabama. My son Jack will be a freshman this fall at Alabama and henceforth our automatic membership into the Bamaly. On Sunday, Jack was Bama Bound for orientation. Living in upstate New York, flights can be limited, and his trip took him…

Missed Call

What do you think of when you see those two simple words on your cell phone? These two simple words can get a mother’s mind just reeling out of control. For example, when I see: Missed Call Amelia. Time 10:30 AM Reasons for Amelia to attempt a call: Did I see the basketball game last night? It’s so hot…. she cannot stand it. (She’s in an old house, no AC) It’s snowing. Did I know that? (She lives in the snow…

German Chocolate 1; Karen’s Diet 0.

You know, I am a very active person. I work out almost every morning at 5:30am, sometimes I double dip and do another round in the evening. In addition, the amount of coffee I consume (Death Wish in particular) on a daily basis should have my metabolism revving like an Italian Formula One race car. Yet, I struggle. I returned to Weight Watchers in January after a long absence and focused on the fact that I needed to move that…

Don’t wait until they’re gone.

Last week we lost another classmate.  I graduated in 1980 from what was then Linton High School. Sadly, we have lost quite a few over the years.  Sitting here in my mid-50’s, I find it shocking.  In a time when medicine and technology let us think we can live to the great age of 100, losing classmates at this point seems unbelievable, unfair and sad. Some were so young, so vibrant and active.  Some in the peak of life. We…

Here’s how a mother’s mind works.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s just being a mother.  Maybe dads think like this too? I don’t know. This morning Jack received an award from the social studies department at school.  I watched him walk in and take his seat among the other recipients.  He looked older, somewhat wiser and ready to move on to college in the fall. I, however, am not quite ready yet. I am sure that all parents feel this way right before their children…