Emily Howe

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New Year’s Eve 2021: A Reflection

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New Year's Eve and Chinese Food. This has been our tradition for as long as I can remember. When we were young my parents would take my sister and me. I don't know why they...

Girlfriends Without Kids are Indispensable

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We met working for a non-profit going door to door. One of us moved on shortly after the summer ended, and then another that winter and then me that summer. We moved out of state...

My Three Year Old Son Knows About Tampons

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My five-year-old and my three-year-old know about tampons. They know what a tampon is and why I need to use it five days out of the month. When my daughter was little she would always follow...
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Shouldn’t Nice Be Normal?

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For as long as I can remember people have always said to me, “wow, you’re so nice.” This is kind but it always catches me off-guard. Because, if I’m being perfectly honest here, I’M...
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Mommy, why do we need Lockdown Drills?

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The scene. I'm in the car line for school pickup. I get a text, "Dear Parents, The students participated in a lockdown drill today. Thank you for your continued support in this matter." My heart...

Texting Can Wait

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Texting and driving, we've all done it or seen someone do it. We think, "I can shoot this text off quick at the red light." Or, "let me just "like" this Facebook post before...
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The Long and Short Years of Grief

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10 Years gone, it doesn't seem like it could possibly be ten years since you were taken so quickly and unfairly. I remember our last conversation so vividly, my dad was in the hospital with...
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The Magic in Santa

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I remember being in middle school (early 2000s so pre elf on the shelf) and my parents asking me, “so what are your thoughts on Santa?” They were trying to see what I knew...

An Open Letter to My Husband

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Dear Husband, On October 14th, 2014 we had $105 in our bank account, I was 9 months pregnant, swollen and as big as a house, and we stood in front of our parents, siblings, and...
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Teacher Appreciation in 2021; Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

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A few years ago, you know pre-covid times, I wrote a piece about appreciating teachers and all they do. Fast forward from when I said teachers should have an all expenses paid vacation. Since then,...