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Beth M. Wood

Prom Date

By Beth M. Wood

Prom Date

Back in 1990, my classmates took their high school crush or their closest guy friend to prom. I was dating someone who was away at college, and didn’t want to go with anyone else. I never thought I’d get a second chance to go to prom. But here I was, 25 years later, doing my […]

Sometimes It Just Adds Up

“16 years! Oh, wow…” “Well yeah, older is okay, but not…older older. “Geez. 58. That’s like… another generation…” Don and I began seeing each other in a roundabout kind of way. He was a personal trainer I knew from a work out program years before. I’d found him again like everyone finds everyone these days. […]

The Elusive PB & J

By Beth M. Wood

The Elusive PB & J

Sitting on the living room floor with our family history folded, wrapped and packed up around me, I reminded myself yet again that this move was for the best. I had packed up each picture frame, wrapped dishes and glass in paper, and taken family portraits and framed artwork down from the walls we’d painted […]

Ready to Talk About It

By Beth M. Wood

Ready to Talk About It

“Mama?” my three year old calls from his bedroom doorway, “I’m ready to talk about it!” Back then I would smile a secret smile, and race up the stairs to pull him into a great big bear hug, cuddle up and talk it out. From the moment I knew of my first son’s existence within […]

Father Stephen's Miracle

How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? What is half of two thirds of a cup? Numbers intimidate me. I was a right-brain kid in a left-brain world. In school, I would get stomachaches just before math class. I’d avoid numbers and anything requiring arithmetic skills. Cooking was one of those things. Open up a […]

French Lessons

By Beth M. Wood

French Lessons

I sipped the mimosa and gazed out the window at the clouds. Did I remember to cover carpool for the late start day on Wednesday? Will Jack’s dad remember to set up the physical therapy appointments? 30,000 feet up and my mind was still down below the clouds, my heart still at home with my […]

Walk With Me

By Beth M. Wood

Walk With Me

“Walk with me?” my mom asks as she laces up her Reeboks and grabs the dog’s leash. My mom had been walking nightly for a few months, in addition to the Jane Fonda tapes she’d forced herself to sweat through a few times a week. Occasionally I’d join her as she’d bend and twist with […]

Mom: Uninterrupted

By Beth M. Wood

Mom: Uninterrupted

A thin fog blankets the stiff, short grass, lit by the yellow glow of street lamps on the park’s perimeter. The sun is not yet over the rise, and I’m thankful for the waterproof gloves I pulled on before leaving the house, protecting my hands from the cold earth. My breath comes out in white […]

Accessories of My Heart

By Beth M. Wood

Accessories of My Heart

“Can I wear one of your necklaces, mama?” My seven year-old daughter has always been into jewelry. She had her ears pierced for her sixth birthday and in the year since has amassed a selection of earrings to rival her grandmother’s. But more than just a fascination, my jewelry is a touchstone for Ella. When […]

Parenting Behind the Wheel

It is late, and I am tired. My infant son’s cries from the back seat had finally died down from howls to whimpers to peaceful sighs. Those late night car rides were just as relaxing for me as they were for Connor. Both of us were lulled by the thrum of the engine, the flicker […]

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