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Motherhood

Sometimes Being a Mom Means Giving Up

The other night one of my best friends from college came over to visit the family. She's seen me go from svelte, clueless Ghanaian to overweight, guarded 'American' in the 12 years that we've known each other. She's seen me at my best and my…

Why I Abhor Family Portraits

My mother in law is a saint. She has a heart of gold and is overall just a good person. But like most saints and good-natured people, she is blind to the ugliness of this world. Whether it's because these folks choose not to see…

White Power!

Quick! What was your first reaction when you read that title? I bet you images of skinheads and men in long white robes flashed in your mind. Maybe even a burning cross on a Black family's front lawn. "White power" means a lot of things…

Something New

Typically when I hear the phrase “Something New”, I think of interracial couples and the angst they face a-la Sanaa Lathan and that very yummy blonde guy whose name always escapes me. But as of last week, the phrase “something new” means something completely different.…

It's been 13 months and I'm still pregnant

Peeing, peeing, peeing. I've been pregnant with the SAME child for over a year it seems, and my nights and days are spent peeing. 80% of the time spent after I lay my head on the pillow is spent lumbering to the toilet to pee,…

Va-ca-shon!!

I'm about to go on vacation at Hotel de Northside Hospital. Train pulls out of the station at 7 am sharp! I can't wait! No more screaming kids for two whole days. The next child I hear crying will be the one being yanked from…

I AM ON STRIIIIKKKEEE!!!!

THAT DOES IT! I will no longer try to improve the well being and hygiene of my family. I give up on that part of motherhood. From now on, my obligations are only the newborn and myself. From THIS DAY FORTH, I vow to be…