Month: September 2002

  • Remembering Grandpa Waight

    Lassy and Timmy’s weekly Sunday night adventures left me breathless with excitement, but my grandfather never knew. Head relaxed against the back of his blue lounge chair, mouth slightly opened, eyes closed, he slept through most episodes. Occasionally, he would stay awake and go to the walk-in closet beneath the stairs to the bedrooms, pull…

  • Positive peer pressure

    The wonders of peer pressure Thanks to peer pressure, there are a lot of cool dudes walking around who look like they didn’t have enough time to get their britches pulled up when their house caught on fire. Because of peer pressure teenage girls wear clothes reflecting their own personality … and that of their…

  • Clothes tell the story

    An imaginary club in a 1960’s cartoon strip, the 5Ws, reflected an emerging attitude of the time: We wear what we want. No one tells us what to wear: not friends, not parents, not a school dress code and for sure not social expectations. In the early 1970’s schools dress codes crumbled. As an 18-year-old…

  • Give where it helps the most

    Truckloads of clothes and food with expressions of sympathy and concern flooded the city after the tragedy. Children in far away classrooms drew pictures to decorate crates of clothes sent to the bereft. Volunteers flooded into the area offering medical, physical and financial help. Remnants of destroyed buildings disappeared into the backs of trucks, but…

  • Inconveniencing your kid

    The bumper sticker of the 20th century was, “Have you hugged your child today?” For the 21st century I propose a bumper sticker that reads, “Have you inconvenienced your kid today.” Lots of hugging is good for children, but a little bit of inconvenience goes a long ways towards increasing their love-ability factor. Children need…