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Susan Traugh

Me First

By Susan Traugh

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I was not a mask-first kind of girl. You know, those instructions they give you on the plane that, in case of an emergency, you are to put your own oxygen mask on first and then help your child. Well, nothing doing. I’m a wrestle-with-your-own-mask-WHILE-you-simultaneously-help-your-kid-kinda-woman. And, it worked for me. Sort of. All three of […]

Indoor Rain

By Susan Traugh

Indoor Rain

“Mommy! Mommy! Come quick! It’s a miracle – it’s raining in the house!” My daughter could barely contain herself as she hopped up and down with the exciting news. I ran to the family room to discover she was, in fact, correct. Like little natives, my three children were dancing, chanting and whooping with joy […]

Somebody

By Susan Traugh

Somebody

I was at yet another business function for my husband, Steven, when a woman we know sidled up between us. A colleague of his, she wore her Ph.D. like body armor while her tongue shot poison arrows – and I was her favorite target. Loyal Steven instantly began to brag about my new book agent. […]

Lightning Strike

By Susan Traugh

Lightning Strike

I’d already kissed a thousand frogs. But no one had turned into a prince. One by one, I’d watched my friends find love and marry. One by one they’d moved on while I stood alone and rejected. I was thirty-three; craving marriage; dreaming of happily ever after. Yet, a national woman’s magazine that year said […]

More Than Skin Deep

By Susan Traugh

More Than Skin Deep

The plumber just told me what an attractive woman I am. And I’ve thought about it all day. There would have been a time, two or three decades ago, when I’d have never given such a statement a second thought. There was a time when I expected men to find me attractive; when I knew […]