WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Apparently love is in the air this fall. In the past two months, I’ve attended four weddings, sang the couples love songs and watched the brides walk toward their grooms wearing big, beautiful dresses and holding big, beautiful dreams.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — OK, please tell me everyone has it — that space under the stairs or in the attic or the corner of your bedroom piled up to the ceiling where you put all the things. All the things you want to save but don't know what to do with, like the junk drawer every Midwesterner tries and fails to clean out every three years. Please tell me you know what I mean so I don't feel alone in the stacks of boxes I'm wading through here to make room for a plumbing project under those stairs.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Last weekend, my friend up the hill invited us — and the entire contents of my little sister's apple tree — over to her house for what she refers to as "Apple Day."
I'm sitting in the airport in Minneapolis waiting for a flight to take me up and out of this city, back home to resume life as normal. I came for a conference meant to connect people from all walks of life and give us the tools to start a conversation about acceptance, inclusion and understanding as we work to build our communities together — all of those things that start with a story and hover around an open mind.
When I was a young kid, my grandma Edith would take us to town. I would ride in the back seat on the blue velvety cloth seats of her sedan, my feet dangling above the floor and my eyes reaching just high enough to watch the power lines whiz past the window. She would run errands. To the drugstore, to the grocery store, to the Chuckwagon Cafe where her brother sat drinking coffee in his seed cap and then to the nursing home to visit her mother.
WATFORD CITY -- The window is open in this house tonight, letting the summer out and the cool autumn air in. It’s dark before 10 p.m. now and the crickets in the grass are louder than the frogs in the creek. On the ranch, we mark time by seasons a bit differently. Calving season. Branding season. Haying season. Roundup. Winter.
Dear daughters, While I type this, I'm sitting in the living room. Rosie, you're crawling around the floor, picking up things to put in your mouth and pulling yourself up to stand along the couch. Your big sister is sleeping, but your nap ended early like it usually does, and so the toys are all yours for now. I've been watching the two of you grow over the summer, not just into your selves, but into each other. Rosie, your first year of life is wrapping up quickly as you, Edie, look forward to celebrating your third birthday with a pink mermaid cake.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The window is open in this house tonight, letting the summer out and the cool autumn air in. It's dark before 10 p.m. now and the crickets in the grass are louder than the frogs in the creek. On the ranch, we mark time by seasons a bit differently. Calving season. Branding season. Haying season. Roundup. Winter.
If you see my almost 3-year-old daughter bouncing around, following behind me at the grocery store or at an event, playing at the park or with toys in Gramma's store in town, she will likely ask you for your name. She's really into names. And who belongs to whom in this world. Like Great-Gramma Ginny is Gramma Beth's mommy, and Gramma Beth is Mommy's mommy, and Edie is Mommy's daughter, and it gets a little blurry to her about how the rest works.
"How old is that shirt you think?" I asked my husband as he came downstairs and scooped up both our babies to sit with him on his easy chair. "Well, you got it for me when I was 14 or 15, so, like, 20 years," he replied before he pointed out each hole and stain he and the shirt picked up along the way.