Sisterhood in 10 Minutes

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle The last ten minutes… Hiding in the laundry room talking on the phone to Mother Goose, who has two exciting bits of news — tomorrow she’s hosting her Chicago neighborhood’s first-ever block party and she’s going to start...
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A Big Sister’s Response

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Factual errors aside — and my parents contend there are many — I’d like to respond to Sarah’s story “Tough Love is Confusing.” (Read her story first, or you won’t appreciate my delightful walk down memory lane!) I remember the 4th of July...
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Living Mirrors

by Hannah, a.k.a. Picky Pants Families have a way of mirroring themselves. Sort of like how history repeats itself. However, the redundancy I’ve noticed is found throughout generations. This duplicity isn’t a perfect image like in a photo, but it’s similar enough to...
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The Party Scene

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle   After all the stories, laughter and well wishes, my elegant grandmother knew how to draw the curtain on our celebration. She looked into the faces of 29 of her children, grandchildren, nephews and in-laws and said, “There is something...
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Grandmother’s Birthday Gifts

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle On her 90th birthday, these are the gifts my grandmother gave me:   Looking me over and saying, “Ah, my frizzy head. You’re so pretty I can’t believe your husband let you out of his sight.”   Promptly starting to discuss books she’s...
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Packing My Suitcase

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Tomorrow I fly to Memphis for my grandmother’s 90th birthday party. I’m nervous. Not about leaving my kids. Not about flying. Not about dying. But about what my grandmother will think of me. In the last 24 hours, I bought new clothes, got...
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