My parental failure

The Ramones’ Rockaway Beach was blasting on the stereo as we pulled into the drop-off line at my son’s school the other morning. He leaned forward and said, “Um, can you turn this down?”

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Family Gathering anxiety

There will be graceless, uneasy conversations; passing of judgement on anyone who dares leave the room; drunkenness that leads to emotional outbursts and insults; and a whole slew of things that will leave everyone stung and wounded for the next 12 months.

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