Gen Alpha’s Tooth Fairy Pay-out: How much are Baby Teeth worth today?

Kieran was so proud of the gap in his mouth. Being the youngest in the class, he was surrounded by a whole bunch of gappy toothed kids. After weeks of obsessively wiggling his first loose tooth, it finally came out on its own bringing him a great sense of accomplishment.  $20 for a single tooth? […]

How I discovered my kids are geriatric millennials

Recently the Blindboy Podcast caught my attention. At first, I found the host really disturbing.  I thought I was listening to a computer-generated voice – a spooky one. It could’ve been Siri or Alexa’s aging cousin from Ireland. Anyway, I checked Blindboy out on the internet to see if he’s real. Sure, enough he is! […]

When the shack was built ….

I was fourteen when I put away the tools. The year was 1969 when I slammed the hammer down on that last nail head to secure the final floorboard. The shack was built. Two bedrooms – one with a wooden shelf, the height and width of a single bed that was attached to the four […]

Challenge 89 – the three metre diving board

“I bet you can’t do that Mum”. Those words ring in my ears as I multi-task at the local pool. I’m wondering what happened to the three-meter diving board as I’m about to jump in the bright blue water. Summer is here and there’s a lot of activity going on in the pool. Swimming, splashing, […]

So you went to hospital for back pain

‘So you went to hospital for back pain’, he said in a condescending voice. Sentence. Not question. I knew he was annoyed as soon as he opened his mouth because he hadn’t fixed my damn back. That was the response from my physiotherapist after six weeks of excruciating, relentless back pain. During that time, I […]

Freaking out – how to deal with it …

My daughter got a call from her son’s teacher. Nothing unusual about that because she’d had quite a few since her first-born Kieran started school this year. However, she was expecting it a few days earlier after being baled up by the principal in the school pick up area. A few days earlier She could […]

The Chevrolet gets a scratch

The day my father discovered a parking spot that had always been ‘reserved for him’ was actually reserved for a tourist bus was a memorable day indeed. My father was a quiet man most of the time. He rarely spoke about anything. But he was also very bad tempered too which was witnessed by a […]

Why a certain bad Friday turned into Good Friday

Good Friday was something that always confused me as a child. Why wasn’t Good Friday known as Bad Friday? Good Friday commemorates the date when Jesus Christ was crucified on 3 April AD. Isn’t that a bad thing? My catholic mother said it was good because Jesus died to save us from our sins. I’m […]