I was terrified of my bedsheets drying on the clothesline as a child because I thought they would blow away
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. Hanging laundry on the clothesline to dry was never my mother's favorite chore, especially when I was a child. We lived in the first-floor apartment, but the laundry room was in the basement, and the clothesline was outside the second-floor landing.
Woman treasures becoming a mom at 42: "I've been granted the chance to live two lives"
Amanda McCracken had her baby at 42. It was a choice she made for love because she found the right partner and felt that having a child together would be the happiest thing. As she puts it, it was about living, not about weighing pros and cons and even dreading possible risks.
Mom uncovers treasure chest during beach cleanup: "I could easily have gone past it; I'm buzzing"
A mother of two had always hoped to stumble upon a hidden treasure, but she never imagined she would get to uncover it during a beach cleanup event. As she got involved in getting rid of all the trash littering the beach, she dug up a chest that had nothing to do with bottles or plastic.
Flight attendant falls in love after years of waiting: "No matter how complicated life is, open up and let love in"
Due to her job and needing to travel often, a flight attendant had given up on ever finding someone who understood how much she cared about her career. Just when she was sure there was no one out there who could be her partner, she met an engineer who had no issues with her travels.
My mother was furious when the little boys upstairs complained about her cooking
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a family member who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. According to my mother, having tenants is one of the most horrible things she has ever encountered, and she never wants to experience it again. My parents had tenants who lived on the second-floor apartment while my family lived on the first-floor apartment, and my mother has countless stories about the reasons why she would never rent out part of her home to strangers now.
This is how most adults feel on Monday mornings.
Exemplified by my son who often falls asleep while eating 😂.
Opinion: You don't understand what it means to be a parent until you are a parent yourself
*This is a work of nonfiction and opinion based on actual events as told to me by a friend who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. A few weeks ago my friend confided in me that she is pregnant.
Toddler orders 31 burgers, adds generous tip: "He had half of one; we gave the rest to our neighbors"
A little boy who lives in Kingsville, Texas, managed to have 31 burgers delivered to his doorstep. He got the burgers by accessing an app on his mom's phone, and he turned out to be a very thoughtful customer too. The toddler left the delivery driver a very generous tip.
Mom of 6 explains why love isn't always enough: "Don't tell someone who can't have kids to just adopt"
Tracy Whitney has six kids, including two children adopted from China. After her first four children, she knew she didn't want to give birth again, but that didn't mean her family couldn't grow.
Groom dances with mom, who can't walk: "She inspires me every day to be humble, kind, and selfless"
A groom wanted to share his happiness on his wedding day with his mom. Unfortunately, she is unable to walk, so she thought there was no chance of a mother-son wedding dance. With the help and love of her sons, the woman had an emotional dance and felt how much all her family treasures her.
Opinion: My 14 year old daughter came out as gay and I couldn't be more happy or proud as her mom
*This is a work of nonfiction and opinion based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission.*. “You know I’m gay, right? I like girls the way I should like boys.”“
Free summer camp, sports physicals in Middleburg
Clay County is offering a free summer camp for kids ages 6-12. The camp will be at Hunter-Douglas Park in Middleburg. The free camp is not for the entire summer. Instead, it's scheduled for June 20-24. This is a half-day camp from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Woman lets son be a picky eater: "A relaxed mom is more valuable to him than organic carrots"
A woman had always dreamed of the time when she would be a mom and wished to have a foodie child, ready to explore different tastes and eat all the nutritious foods. Since she's a former food editor, she devoted plenty of energy to passing down her habits to her child.
Woman has three sets of twins after miscarriage: "This has to be what I was appointed to do"
A mother welcomed three consecutive sets of twins after going through the loss and sadness of a miscarriage. Having had six babies in the past five years made her feel blessed, particularly since she never thought she would have such a big family.
A hotel guest locked her small child in a hot car in the parking lot while she hung out with her friend
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. I spent nearly two years working as a hotel maid. It was one of the most soul-crushing jobs I've held since deciding to enter the workforce directly out of high school in lieu of pursuing a college education.
Couple stays in love for 20 years by talking on the phone: "Our calls reconnect me to those first feelings"
A married woman has her home far away from her friends, as she moved from the USA to Canada. Having so many loved ones at a distance, her phone has somehow become a love and friendship language for her.
Opinion: my mother thinks Walmart’s Code Adam policy is stupid
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a family member who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. When they hire new employees at Walmart, they hold a meeting with the new associates. Among other topics, managers discuss the store's Code Adam policy.