Today's parents plan joint birthdays for the same reason your mother did: It's convenient, cheaper and theoretically easier than throwing two parties. But their online ruminations suggest that they worry about making the right choice.
Applying for college is very stressful -- not just for your sister, but also for your mom and dad. If they're like most parents I've met, who spend a lot of time and energy helping their kids, it might feel as if they are being judged.
Julian's oldest brother is currently in college. The sadness that comes from the separateness is not easily comforted and it is compounded by the anticipation of future siblings' plans to leave for college.
What did it mean that there were no handbooks for me? That people asked me to be strong in the face of the biggest loss I'd ever experienced or imagined? At times I felt like I didn't deserve to feel so shattered, especially in the shadow of my parents' immense loss.
So, my generous sisters, this season, start being generous to YOU! Give YOU the gifts I know you deserve: self-care, respect, and love! Do that and I guarantee you'll soon celebrate your best holiday ever!
A lot of stars had lengthy careers with many box office hits. Box office is a rough estimate, sure, even if you adjust for inflation (which I don't). But by some estimates, Tom Hanks has the all-time worldwide box office total.
The timer finally popped up. "Dinnertime!" was announced and I proudly placed the perfectly cooked turkey on the holiday table. The bird glowed and I enjoyed the ooohs and aaaahs. I'll never cook turkey again.