beth woolsey

mess maker • magic finder • rule breaker • kindness monger

Category: Family

  • A Snow Angel by Another Name

    Fair warning:

    If you let your kid lie down at the playground to make gravel angels,

    …more parents will find it as funny than you might expect.

    Some will even let their children join in the fun.

    You’ve probably already discovered this truth for yourself, what with the rampant popularity of gravel angels and all. My children, for example, have only to notice fine bits of gravel before they throw themselves gleefully to the … Continue Reading “A Snow Angel by Another Name”

  • Come on, baby, light my fire.

    This week at the beach, I taught my three littlest kids how to build a fire.

    If you’re wondering what’s wrong with me, my children were in your camp. They all thought I was crazy, too. Are you sure that teaching fire-building is in our best interests, Mom? they asked with various words and skeptical glances.

    I told them I was sure. It seemed like the thing to say.

    We talked about fire safety … Continue Reading “Come on, baby, light my fire.”

  • About As Perfect

    It’s Spring Break!

    All of the kids were booted from school this week. Something about the school closing, and this is an annual event, and we parents should have prepared for it in advance, and NO, we’re emphatically not allowed to send our kids to school anyway. (It was just a question, School. Sheesh.)

    So, this weekend, we packed up the kids, begged a kind neighbor to take our dog, ran around in … Continue Reading “About As Perfect”

  • Spring is a Weirdo: A Celebration

    You know what I like?

    No. Strike that.

    You know what I LOVE?

    You know what I RELISH?

    You know what I CELEBRATE?

    You know what I want to embrace and squeeze until it squirms and gasps, “Too tight! Let go!”

    Differences.

    Weirdnesses.

    I just love that we’re not the same. I adore our colorful world. I’m thrilled at all of the surprises and the “what huh’s?” and the ways that people burst out of … Continue Reading “Spring is a Weirdo: A Celebration”