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How Was Your Day?

Every afternoon, after picking up my daughters from school, I ask the same question: "So, how was your day?" Normal kids say, "Fine." Normal parents accept it and move on. Long ago, when my kids tried to be normal about this, I (being ever abnormal) didn't let them. I started asking them to elaborate:   "What was the best part of your day?"   "Going home."   "What was the worst part of your day?"   "Getting there."   It became a joke, but inevitably after the...

Point of No Return

In August of 2005, I sent my firstborn off to school for the first time. The week before, we'd gone to the Open House to take a look at her classroom and meet her teacher, but on that warm, sunny Monday morning, things felt different. It was real.   I had gotten her up early and helped her into her first-day-of-school outfit: an adorable black and white checkered dress with a matching short-sleeved jacket, white bobby socks and Mary Janes....