The Mom Car by Jami Amerine

The Mom Car: Where Coolness and Life Collide

The Mom Car:  Where Coolness and Life Collide Remember, remember the deep unquenchable need, the need for speed?  Truthfully, there was only .000005% of the population of teenage girls that were granted that most coveted of wishes, a pink Camaro with vanity plates, secretly staged in the driveway. We imagined a big red bow, for the overly exaggerated birthday that would, somehow, magically enlarge our breasts and give us a little plastic card that simply said, “you can drive now.” …

dear spelling list

Dear Spelling List: the Myth, the Legend, the Beast

Dear Spelling List: the Myth, the Legend, the Beast There you are.  Truly, you never change, you with your pious phonetical rubbish, except when you throw out some random silent P. What is that? I imagine if you were to answer me, you would give some easy response.  But I know you so well.  I have known you since 1976. Spelling List, you have the ego of a prizefighter. Your one, two punch? Another silent letter.  And you knock out …

to the momma whose kid doesn't fit in

To the Mom, Whose Kid Doesn’t Fit In: Mothering a Square Peg

To the Mom, Whose Kid Doesn’t Fit In: Mothering a Square Peg I am a square peg. Years ago I would have told you I was a square peg in a world full of round holes.  But, I think the truth is, I am a square peg in a world full of square pegs trying to all cram into a very select few round holes. Actually, I have come to believe that the world is made up of 98% square …

back to school seasonal motherhood

Seasonal Motherhood: Back to School

Seasonal Motherhood: Back to School  The kids go back to school on Thursday. I feel aggrieved about this.  I am a Monday start kind of gal. So, Thursday doesn’t really work for me.  But no one asked me.  Which is a shame.  I know stuff.  I have been doing this parenting gig for 23 plus years, call me, I will guide you in ways in of wisdom.  Or at least persuade you in the ways of the weekday calendar. And …

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Just Jesus

Girls in SUVs Talking Out Loud to Jesus: How to Perfect Your Prayer Life

Girls in SUVs Talking Out Loud to Jesus: How to Perfect Your Prayer Life I know.  It has been a while.  I opened my laptop and stared at the blank screen for what seemed an eternity. A writer can get caught up in a personal head game of writer’s block and easily confuse it with early onset dementia. I may have both. Dementia and writer’s block that is… or I may be having some kind of crisis, midlife or otherwise.  …

Dear Mean Mommy, Give Yourself a Break 1
Parenting

Dear Mean Mommy, Give Yourself a Break

I am a mean mommy. Did I not hope to be sweet, tender … joyful?  Certainly, this isn’t true? Surely, that can’t be the core of who I am, my entire identity? – is this what I went into the business of motherhood to be labeled as? In my most uptight and fitful moments, with poop in my hair, spit-up on my shirt, federal student aid on the phone, and mystery meat in the crock-pot… I blame myself. With an …