Archive for the ‘poems’ Category

10 Reasons You Know You’re An Allergic Mom

March 3, 2009

allergic_mom41. A backpack has become your new purse.
2. You keep medications in quart size ziploc bags. (because they’re not just for airline travel!)
3. Your cellular phone is your best friend.
4. Around your child’s lunch time, your knuckles turn white.
5. You can scan a room in 0.01 seconds, looking for potentially harmful allergens.
6. On the first day of school, you have an expandable folder filled with paperwork to hand in.
7. You’re the only one left at a Non-Allergic drop off birthday party.
8. You have your Insurance Identification, Social Security, and claim numbers memorized.
9. You buy hand sanitizer and wipes in bulk.
10. Almost every quadrant of your house has a 2pk Epipen (and other medications) Station.


I Did Nothing

January 14, 2009


Artwork by Brandt

When children come home at the end of the day
The question they’re asked as they run out to play
Is, “Tell me, what did you do today?”
Perhaps “Nothing” means that I read a book,
Or…with a teacher I got to cook,
Maybe I painted a picture of blue,
Or heard a story about a mouse that flew,
Maybe I wrote in my journal myself,
Or found a great book on the library shelf,
Maybe I helped a friend today,
Or went to my favorite area alone,
Maybe today was the very first time,
That my scissors followed a very straight line,
Maybe I sang a song right to the end,
Or worked with a special brand new friend.
When you’re three, four, or five you heart has wings
And “Nothing” can mean so many things.

~author unknown

Don’t Be A Grinch

December 19, 2008


Christmas Day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp
Christmas day will always be
Just as long as we have we
Welcome Christmas while we stand
Heart to heart, and hand to hand

~Dr. Seuss

I heard a tragic story about a young father who had passed away. His family is left without life insurance. A mom in my group, sent out the story for assistance. We all pooled together. Whatever resources each one had to offer, was up for the taking.

In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch took away all the Christmas pizzazz from the Who’s in Whoville. But, they still banded together to sing, and enjoy Christmas. After all, it’s not about the gift. It’s really the fuzzy feeling you get. (Still trying to teach that to my kids!)

Life is an unpredictable journey. Someone will always have a story that is worse than yours. Families may be left alone in the event of an unexpected death. Being part of a community is essential because you will never be alone.

Enjoy your Holidays!


I will be gone for a couple of days. I will return this Wednesday January 12th, 2009.

The Hands of An Allergic Mom

December 2, 2008
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Wow, my hands looks really beat up. It always happens in the winter, when my hands are so parched from washing and using hand sanitizer all the time.

Look at my hands,
Look at how they’ve aged,
They gotten so that they’re shriveling and peeling,
because of the countless times I’ve washed them.

One hand short and the other long nails,
Weathering through the storm,
The endless lines on my palms,
Slightly indented on my waterless skin.

My cuticles are rough and bleeding,
My manicure is cracked and uneven,
Sometimes when I touch you,
You jump away from a scratch.

And say, it feels like sandpaper,
But I do what I do,
To make sure you’re safe and not exposed to
Your many food allergens.


Ignorance Is Like a Shadow

November 22, 2008


Photo by S.L. Canisalez

“Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow–it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.

~Shakti Gawain

Never Give Up

November 13, 2008
Artwork by Brandt

Never give up
No matter what is going on

Never give up
Develop the heart

Too much energy in your country is spent
developing the mind instead of the heart

Develop the heart,
Be compassionate

Not just to your friends but to everyone,
be compassionate

Work for peace in your heart and in the world
Work for peace, and I say again

Never give up
No matter what is happening

No matter what is going on around you
Never give up.

~Tenzin Gyatso (The 14th Dalai Lama)

People Come Into Your Life

October 14, 2008
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People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.

When someone is in your life for a reason, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.  They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They are there for the reason you need them to be.  Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.  Sometimes they die.  Sometimes they walk away.

Some people come into your life for a season, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.  They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.  They may teach you something you have never done.  They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.  Believe it, it is real.  But only for a season.

Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.  Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

I find that each time, I learn new things that have allowed me to overcome certain fears. It’s a growing process and I’m still learning. I will always keep looking.

See my next post, the mistakes I made at Christopher’s House. Were you able to spot them?