Letters to the Editor
September 28th, 2009

Tidbits I Learned This Past Summer About Parenting and Family Life…
1. I will always be several lifetimes away from being organized enough to have my picture albums up to date.
2. Just cuz my kids were exposed to classical music in-utero does not mean that as teens they will want to listen to it on family road trips.
3. In the life span of a child, the first 10 minutes he/she is late getting home from Anywhere seems to last forever. But the rest goes by really fast.
4. If you are camping at the beach (30 minutes away) and the kids get the flu...don't fight it! Just go home.
5. "You must be this tall to ride" signs put the shorter 13 year old boys in bad moods.
6. And, Anonymous was right: You're only as happy as your least happy child.
7. For as much as I loved my childhood, I still find it exhilarating not to have to ask anyone if I can borrow the car.
8. Sometimes it is ok for the little brother to love his big sister so much that he just has to wrestle her to the ground and punch her.
9. World peace is a lofty goal considering the diplomatic challenge of deciding who has to sit in the middle of the back seat.
10. I now appreciate and revere my own parents like never before.
I am sorry for everything I ever did to worry or upset you between June 10, 1959 and the present. Honest, I had no idea.
I love you both dearly,
Marie Alviz