Category Archives: Livia Says

It’s Not Working

My kids come home from school before I’m done with work. They don’t understand that I need to keep working. They ask me for things, and I keep telling them they’re going to have to wait. Even after I’ve finished … Continue reading

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Ambitious

Livia has been learning about tools and woodworking at school. Here is a conversation that we had one day after she got home. Livia: I got to use a drill at school today. A real live drill! Mommy: That’s great. … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016

Dear Kids, It was a tough Christmas season. The election of Donald Trump threw a pall over the whole year’s end, and it seemed like everyone was grumpy. Good cheer was so lacking that I nearly cried from happiness one … Continue reading

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Anatomy 101

The kids have an anatomy book that was written for children. It talks about the birds and the bees, and it has some interesting art, including a depiction of a woman giving birth. Livia took one look at that and … Continue reading

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Makeup Matters

I don’t care much about makeup personally. I only wear it for social occasions, and I do it mostly to make my husband happy. But if I ever wondered about how much of a difference it makes to my appearance, … Continue reading

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Not Quite a Confession

This morning Livia came into our bedroom. She said she wanted to tell us something about her sleeping bag. The sleeping bag was, we had thought, well out of her reach, high on a shelf in her bedroom closet. Livia: … Continue reading

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Rubber Band Strings and Other Things

Dear Kids, Here is one last collection of stories about you from 2015. One day earlier this year you littered the floor with strips of construction paper. Your father and I were appalled at the waste of paper, and we … Continue reading

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That’s Maturity for You

Marshall: Mommy, do you want to see a picture of Uranus? Mommy (trying not to giggle): No, Sweetie. I don’t need to see a picture of that. Marshall: But Mommy, don’t you want to see a picture of Uranus? It’s … Continue reading

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Spider Family and Other Stories

Dear Kids, Here are some more stories about you from 2015. You love role-playing games. When we were reading about mythical beasts, our game was that Livia and I were harpies, and we sang to lure Marshall to us so … Continue reading

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Desserts

Livia’s daddy promised that she could have a cookie today. So, after she had eaten her dinner, including most of her salad (good girl!), I gave her the cookie for which she’d been waiting. She gobbled it right up. Then … Continue reading

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