Tact and Other Discretions…
/ June 22, 2010 0 COMMENTS

We’ve just had Memorial Day and my eighteen year old rookie dater managed to finagle an invitation to the young man’s parents’ house.  She went over in the early evening and his brother and grandparents were also there so she managed to meet a large portion of family.  She stayed for an hour or so,…

Great Expectations…
/ June 21, 2010 0 COMMENTS

The morning of the date dawned and with it the heavens opened in a great watery display. My blue eyed cowboy and I had been surmising as to where she was going to be taken on her debut outing alone with a boy and most of the places we thought of were outdoors.  We groaned…

Undisclosed Location…
/ June 18, 2010 0 COMMENTS

After the disastrous dinner screening of our youngests’ potential date she cruised through a semester without risking a similar demise with any of her ensuing male friends.  There are not many brave enough to venture across our threshold, but one did materialise once college and finals had been successfully completed. Without a pre-view our youngest…

TMI/Faux pas…
/ June 17, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Dinner was not quite ready and the conversation was lagging so I innocently asked if he was an only child since it was obvious that his potential date was not…? “I thought I was,” he said, “for 17 years,” audible intake of breath, from all of us, as we gave him our undivided attention. ”…

More on Turning Eighteen…
/ June 16, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Turning eighteen in our house does not stop at patronising a tattoo and piercing parlour.  In our house another rite of passage occurs…dating is officially A-okay! So, hot off the press my youngest daughter invited a poor, unsuspecting date candidate to our house one Sunday for dinner.  In true homeschool family style we turned out…

On Turning Eighteen…
/ June 15, 2010 0 COMMENTS

A couple of weeks ago my youngest daughter turned 18 amid a wave of excitement which I kept dampening.  I couldn’t understand what could be so different about this particular birthday, one day it’s Friday, the next day it’s Saturday…end of story! “Oh but” she kept reminding me, “one day I’m 17 the next day…

Final Note…
/ June 14, 2010 0 COMMENTS

We obsessed about strangers when they were young, my friends warned me, “do not frighten them.” They have survived childhood and are now on the verge of college, and my same friends advise me to, “scare them to death.” Invincible is their middle name, bringing them up short without first hand experience is a challenge…

Three is Not a Crowd…
/ June 11, 2010 0 COMMENTS

To maintain some sort of normalcy in my extreme response to stranger danger I instructed my children on the wisdom of safety in numbers. “Never agree to do anything with anyone unless there is at least one other person in the room.”  I’d command. One theatre director came under this mandate when my 11 year…

Passwords Empower…
/ June 10, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Parents teach their children elaborate passwords to keep them safe.  I found they made me feel safe for they empowered me to send strangers to pick up my children when I was caught late at the office.  Ah, what a terrible parent you may think!  It wasn’t as bad as it sounds but it was…

The Stranger Who Dwells Amongst Us…
/ June 9, 2010 0 COMMENTS

As my children started to toddle and understand what I was talking about I taught them about strangers.  Initially only one child fell into this category and I was advised by books written by experts, and well meaning friends not to frighten him.  They told me I didn’t want to scare him to the extent…