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Kissing Disease

How romantic is it that just before Valentine’s Day I caught a virus called the kissing disease? Or maybe it’s not romantic at all since April didn’t get it too. Hmmm… Anyway, this morning while I was lying on the couch resting, April had the following conversation with one of the grandmas that drops her […]

Not Suitable for Adults

I’ve watched so many episodes of Caillou in the last week while our family has been sick that I can’t get Caillou’s whiny little voice out of my head. I think I may have done some permanent damage. I’ve decided they should come up with a TV rating for shows like Caillou called “Not Suitable […]

I want Mommy

“Why do you want mommy?” I asked. “What does mommy do that I don’t do?”

“She does lots of better things that you don’t do,” Alleke said.


Alleke sat at the edge of the couch in her pajamas and retched into a mop bucket while I held back her hair. When she finished, she laid her head on her pillow and smiled weakly. “I’m so happy,” she said. “Now I can eat guacamole.”

Motion Sickness

Shani wrenched the steering wheel and bumbled off the highway towards a gas station. She brought the car to a screeching halt, the doors sprung open, and all six of us scrambled out—as if the car were swarming with bees. In fact, Alleke had vomited in the car. She was too young to know to […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Pumpkins Photo by Tambako the Jaguar. I stood at the doorway to our bedroom in my slippers and watched as April lifted Alleke into the stroller, set two warm pies wrapped in tin foil in the back, and rolled into the hallway, closing the door behind her. I stood there for a moment smelling the […]


Today I found my first good reason to let Alleke sit in front of the TV and watch movies all day. April, Alleke and I were sitting at the table eating breakfast in silence. It was nearly eleven o’clock in the morning, but all three of us were still in our pajamas and looked like […]

Alleke’s Worst Day

Alleke gets a cold Alleke lay on the changing table while I sang her a song and fastened the velcro straps on her diaper. It was early to be putting her to sleep, but she was nodding off already, fighting to keep her eyes open just long enough to moan and reach for me to […]


I watch from bed as April rings out a soapy rag, then wipes down the closet on the far side of the room. Alleke is sitting behind me on the bed. I have my back turned to her. I’m trying to get some sleep. I reach my arm over the side of the bed and […]

The Common Cold

Chloë and the Cold, part 2: Moment of Peace Photo by Exployment Now. I was beginning to think Alleke was immune to all earthly diseases. First she survived three plane cabins (and their recirculated air) on the trip from Madrid to Omaha. The following week we celebrated Thanksgiving with both families, and Alleke got passed […]

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