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Margaret Bishop

When I was 27, I was awarded a starring role in an unscripted series: motherhood. It was a role I’d dreamed about, a role I’d wished for, a role I planned like a maniac for, but when the day finally arrived for me to assume my starring turn, I felt a little unnerved by the […]

Skinny

By Margaret Bishop

Skinny

“Want to know something interesting?” my 11 year old daughter asked as we pedaled along on our bikes one early July morning. “At the end of school, our teacher gave us vocabulary words, and we marked whether they had a negative or positive connotation.” “Every single boy in the class said that SKINNY had a […]

A Hopeless “Fashinotta”

By Margaret Bishop

A Hopeless “Fashinotta”

Every once in a blue moon, I receive a request from one of my more fashionable acquaintances inquiring whether I might be interested in becoming a part of their home sales business. My initial reaction is always, without a doubt, an incredulous feeling of flattery coupled with complete and utter surprise. Me – Margaret Bishop, […]

Fearless

By Margaret Bishop

Fearless

This year, my daughter began a rite of passage for thousands of young girls across the country. She became a Girl Scout! Along with this honor, she also was tasked with the important responsibility of selling Girl Scout cookies, and boy, did she take her responsibility seriously. When she attended her troop cookie training, she […]

The Hand of Friendship

By Margaret Bishop

The Hand of Friendship

Shortly after moving back to my hometown of Camden, South Carolina, I answered the telephone one afternoon to the friendly greeting of a woman at least some 50-plus years my senior. “Margaret Rose,” she inquired after my childhood moniker. “I just wanted to let you know that the man I saw working in your yard […]

Speed Trapped

By Margaret Bishop

speed-trapped

It had to happen sooner or later, and just a few short days ago, on the way home from a lovely beach vacation, my luck ran out! My driving skills have always been debatable and, among close family and friends, there is actually little debate, given the amount of inanimate objects that I have managed […]

From Wimp to Warrior

As a 23 year-old newlywed, I answered the phone late one afternoon to discover that I was the lucky winner of a free set of kitchen knives. Delighted to hear my name combined with the words “winner” and “free,” I gratefully accepted my prize on the spot. After eagerly listening to the details on the […]

Mouse Travels

By Margaret Bishop

Mouse Travels

Through a fortuitous combination of luck, career and generous grandparents, our family has now made the pilgrimage to Walt Disney World seven times in the last eight years. Now, I know that some of you may view this feat as anything but lucky, but in our little family unit, this accomplishment is one of the […]