When she learns to talk, she will call me Crazy Aunt Katie.

Happy birthday, Madeline

Maddy turns four today. Wait. That can’t be right. If she is four, that means I’m— Oh, crap. Well, it’s a good thing she’s so cute because she makes me feel damn old. Here she is just a couple weeks ago making a funny face as soon as Uncle Andy started to take a picture […]

Madeline, Age 3

Today is Maddy’s birthday, and again I struggle to organize my thoughts. There is this photo of her that Andy took last summer, and even though she is rarely so serious and even though she has grown up so much since last summer, this remains one of my favorite photos of her. Look at the […]

On hugging: Is it the only way?

I’m not a hugger. I don’t know how it started. Maybe I’ve always been this way. Don’t pity me. I’m not damaged. There aren’t any bad hug experiences in my childhood. I don’t even mind being hugged. Physical affection does not bother me. My natural inclination, though, is to tell someone I think they’re neato, […]