Author: Jenna Serignese

Love and Dementia

The staff found it really endearing to see them together.  They would sit next to each other at meals and otherwise.  They would hold hands.  There were smooches.  Her face would light up when she saw him, even though she could not recognize his name when I mentioned it.  He would beam when he saw her.  Her waning speech did not phase him.  She was happy.

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The Dance Dilemma

Right from the start, my girl loved to groove.  Perhaps it was the wonderful Music Together classes, which she attended first in utero as her brother made music, and then in the flesh very shortly after her arrival.  Our family has an epic brief video of my daughter at 18 months, clad only in a diaper, giving it all she had to Call Me Maybe. So I probably should not have been surprised when she begged to go to dance class at three years old.  This, however, was totally out of my comfort zone.  But I recognized that this was...

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Amazon fail

Now, I am not a fashionable gal.  I do not often shop (for me).  But when I do, I veer toward classic and well-made.  My big fear is that I will buy something trendy and continue to wear it, oblivious to the fact that a particular look has long since fallen out of style. My mother was never a girly-girl.  A tomboy growing up, later, she was – or saw herself – overweight, never particularly comfortable in her own skin.  While she did not like shopping for herself, she did find joy taking me shopping, no matter the state...

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#WhyWeTellTheStory – and a special giveaway

About 25 years ago, three girlfriends and I bought tickets to see Once on this Island on Broadway. We were ill prepared for the ways the one-act musical moved and inspired us.  Based on the novel, My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty created a timeless masterpiece. This was a magical island love story in tumultuous times.  Dark skinned peasant girl met privileged light-skinned boy.  Girl and boy fell in love.  Girl sacrificed herself to allow boy to live. Girl’s sacrifice and the power of her love ultimately broke down the...

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Mother of the Year

Sometimes, it feels like I have got this balance thing.  Our children are now 6 and 9 years old. We have hit a sweet spot – they no longer need us to fill every minute of their day.  They can amuse themselves, sometimes alone in their rooms, but often together, playing a board game, building a fort, having a Pokemon battle, pitching a whiffle ball.  We can get some housework or food prep done.  On occasion, we can even relax. The children are bright and energetic and thriving. I would see friends and family with toddlers and babies, diapers...

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