The summer after grade 12, driving the family minivan, down Duckworth Street. "Boots or Hearts." Harbour Drive, back through Water and George Street, if it was early enough. "Pigeon Camera." Back up Portugal Cove Road, bouncing wildly over the Rennie's Mill River bridge. "Blow at High Dough."
Kathleen Hogan blogs as Mom2KG at stayathomemomdoingnothing.com. She is currently on a yearlong leave of absence from paid work as a senior lawyer and knowledge management specialist at one of Canada's largest banks.
I could have been there. My son could have giggled for/at David. I don't know. I was yet another harried/perfect professional mum, holding it all together. Prioritizing naps over adult conversation, breastfeeding over tantrums, parenting over intellectual rigour. It would have been fine -- my kids would have been fine -- had I stayed that day.
05/15/2014 08:23 EDT
Mayor Ford has finally allowed himself, in his own words, to be "vulnerable" and seek help for his substance abuse problems. I don't like Ford. I didn't vote for him. Politically, he and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum. He has shown misogynistic, racist and homophobic streaks. A lot of people like his regular-folk demeanour and manner of speaking, but I cringe at his delivery. I hope he doesn't get re-elected. But the man is, by all accounts, an addict. He deserves some privacy, and some decent human compassion for what he, and his family, are suffering.
05/02/2014 01:01 EDT
Noting gender, when gender is irrelevant, happens even in the most progressive of milieus. The soundtrack of my current leave of absence has been my beloved CBC, and yet just this week, I heard a newscaster refer to Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne and another politician as "the two women." Really? How about "the two politicians," or "the politicians" or even just "the two"?
09/18/2013 05:25 EDT
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