The Scar

Austin gets his cut glued shut by friend of DC widow

Claire has been to the emergency room exactly one time, when she ate a pistachio nut and had an allergic reaction that had to be treated with epinephrine.  My boys, however, have been at least a dozen times between them.  They’ve received stitches and slings and warnings from doctors to never again do whatever it was […]

So Proud

Claire Brimley near river in Washington DC

The end of the school year is really a crazy time for parents.  In the last week and a half of school, Claire and Austin have a combined seven school events.  All of them, of course, are during the middle of the day, which makes things really difficult for working parents.  Particularly single working parents. […]

Full Time

Claire and Marjorie Brimley on a farm outside Washington DC

For the past four years, I have walked my kids to school every day.  When Tommy was born, I went to part-time and the flexibility allowed me to take my kids to school and pick them up most days.  Shawn walked them some mornings, especially as the kids got older and there were different preschool […]

I Turned Out Okay

Brimley children playing hockey in DC alley

People post comments on my blog fairly regularly, though most of them come from family and friends I’ve known for quite some time. Sometimes, however, I get comments from strangers. They might be other widows who’ve found me through social media or people who knew about Shawn professionally. But there’s one comment that I re-read […]