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Diane Stark

I took a bite of Caesar salad and smiled at the woman across the table. Her name was Angie and I’d known her since our sons – now sophomores in college – were in third grade. That’s when our boys became best friends. For years, she and I had chatted at the boys’ basketball games, […]

My Old Friend Ferris

By Diane Stark

I don’t remember the first time I watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but I know I’ve watched it voluntarily more times than any other movie. I say “voluntarily” because I’ve definitely seen Land Before Time, Frozen, the High School Musical trilogy, and ALL the Star Wars movies more times, but I didn’t really choose to […]

Stronger than We Think

By Diane Stark

In the last two months, our family has wrecked three cars. First, my husband backed into a cement pole in a parking garage. He was driving our seven-passenger SUV, and he just couldn’t see. He didn’t even call to tell me it happened. He just told me about it when he got home. Then three […]

“Nathan, why haven’t you worn your new Star Wars shirt yet?” I asked. My nine-year-old son came into his room where I was filling his clothes organizer with outfits to wear to school in the days ahead. But for the last three weeks, the same outfit had remained in the organizer. I didn’t understand why. […]

A Hero for Halloween

By Diane Stark

“What do you want to be for Halloween this year?” I asked my then four-year-old son, Nathan. “Captain America,” he replied without missing a beat. “Our last name is Stark though,” I said. “I think it would be really cool if you were Iron Man because his real name is Tony Stark.” “Nope. I’m dressing […]

Our Little Genius

By Diane Stark

“Guess what Jordan did last night?” I said to my co-worker. He smiled slightly. “What did the most amazing eight-month-old on the planet do last night?” I launched into a ten-minute description of the adorable thing my son had done the night before. At the end, I expected my co-worker to be as delighted as […]

The Right Tool

By Diane Stark

“You know they put formaldehyde in that stuff, don’t you?” My mother-in-law asked, nodding at my can of diet soda. Even though the word “formaldehyde” immediately took me back to Frog Dissection Day in middle school biology class, I grinned and took a gulp. “Then my insides should be very well-preserved,” I said with faux […]

The Queen of Yes

By Diane Stark

Last Friday, I had a million errands to run and a little boy who would’ve much rather stayed home and played. “I’m sorry, Bud, but you have to go with me,” I said. “Daddy’s not home from work yet, and I can’t leave you home by yourself.” Nathan sighed. “But I just got a new […]

The Best Part of Me

By Diane Stark

“Did you notice that Nathan has an under bite?” My husband’s cousin asked me at my son’s first birthday party. “He is turning one tomorrow, and he only has four teeth,” I said. “How could he have an under bite already?” But sure enough, when I asked Nathan to smile, it was clear that his […]

Food Equals Love

By Diane Stark

“What did you do for your birthday yesterday?” I asked him. “You brought cupcakes for my class, remember?” “Well, yeah, but what did you do last night? With your family?” He shrugged. “Nothing.” “Did your mom make something special for dinner?” He shook his head without looking at me. I ducked my head to catch […]

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