Category Archives: Making the Break

First Leg of Limbo

At the moment I feel surprisingly disoriented. I’m in my teenage home but as a mother with my little kids. I’ve left my home for far away shores and yet find myself encountering childhood scene after childhood scene. And the … Continue reading

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This is happening

This is the view I’m taking in at the moment. Our 2 bedroom home is empty of everything, besides our 8 suitcases and the half dozen boxes of momentos and documents that we are storing in our basement. We’ve spent … Continue reading

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One week

In one week from today, from right now, we’ll be departing our fair city and our beloved friends. Earlier today, I could not hold back the tears as Miss Amy, Thora’s Tae Kwon Do instructor for two years, presented her … Continue reading

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Ten Days? Really?

Our big move to New Zealand has been so long in the making, always so far in the future as to be something from a fantasy, a dream-life that exists only in conversations or in the hypothetical. Something so far … Continue reading

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The first sets of tears

It was Sunday and I had the kids and my parents in the car. They’d just spent the weekend visiting and we were dropping them off at South Station so that they could catch their bus back to NYC. We’d … Continue reading

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She knows…

We hadn’t been vigilant about keeping it from her and yet we hadn’t sat our 5 year-old daughter down for a straightforward discussion about our impending move. We’d decided that until it was more certain and we were closer to … Continue reading

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With a brave heart, I watch my daughter and her friends pose for a picture

During the Cambridge Public School vacation week, my friends and I found ourselves with a bunch of kids on our hands. So we joined forces and alternated taking the young ones and old ones on various outings. One afternoon, I … Continue reading

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