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Does time and distance improve your perspective?

No. Not when it comes to your children. It has been 19 days, 5 hours, and 39 minutes (at the time of this post) since we left Jack in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for his sophomore year at the University of Alabama. You would think this time would have been easier, but it wasn’t. It took me this long to write about it. The trip was long yet uneventful. We arrived at Jack’s apartment complex for move in. The apartment complex that…

A Letter to Coach Saban

Coach Nick Saban, of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, is arguably one of the greatest collegiate coaches in history. His success is inspiring. Each year he takes a group of talented young men and creates a team of grown men. Respectful, dedicated, organized, and true to themselves, their teammates, and the Tide. The University of Alabama is a family, or Bamaly as it is called. I wrote about my first experience with Bamaly last year during Bama Bound. Take…

29 Days, 6 hours, 33 minutes, and 30 seconds (and counting)

From the time of this posting, in the days, hours, minutes, and seconds listed above, I will have one college graduate and one college sophomore. How did this happen and where are the little versions of them? I believe they are still there. When the phone rings, anytime of the day and I hear, “Mom?” my heart stops for a minute. As any good Italian mother, we fear they don’t need us anymore, but in reality they do, it’s just…

Jack, I am glad you are not a penguin.

I don’t remember when it started but I love penguins so does Jack. They are flightless birds and depending where they live, conditions can be harsh. Penguins are mostly monogamous, but, some species like the Emperor Penguin are serially monogamous. They partner with one mate for a season rather than for life. Chip and I took the kids to the Boston aquarium when they were little. Jack was mesmerized by the penguins and we watched them for a while. Oddly,…

My New Year’s Wishes

Happy New Year! There isn't much to say that has not already been said on social media or the news wires. The talk about resolutions and wishes for looking back, looking ahead, making amends, losing weight, joining a gym, or multiple suggestions for drastic change cause me to pause for a simpler wish list. So here is a short list of my new year's wishes for you! I wish that: your hugs are plentiful and strong both in giving and…