This past summer my oldest son did his first internship in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was hard to have him away from home; he had been back for only a few days this summer after classes ended at college before he left for this internship. Now he has just returned and is gone again to begin his sophomore year. It is an emotionally difficult time for me. I had always imagined that sending my kid off to college would be a joyous event, but it has been an emotional roller coaster ride. Continue reading
The trial of Trayvon Martin gripped the nation. I was travelling to Minneapolis the weekend on which the jury of six women was to announce the decision on the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman. As we heard the announcement on Sunday July 14, 2003, I was stunned and alarmed by the jury’s decision.
During the trial, the recording of the screaming was played in the court. Both mom’s heard the recording of someone asking for help. Zimmerman’s mom said that it was her son. Martin’s mom said that it was her son. The two mothers each stated, under oath, that the recording was their own son. This reminded me of the story of Solomon and the baby. In that story, both mom’s testified that the baby was theirs. Continue reading
It was the second week of January, and I was alone with the three kids as my husband was off to sunny California on business. The first night he was away, my youngest son had a little fight with his older sister. He was so upset that he came to me and asked if he could sleep in my room. I automatically said “no,” as I have never allowed my kids to sleep in my room and wasn’t going to start now. Continue reading
Being a mom these days requires lots of skills. It is like being Cinderella in reverse (a laundress, cook, cleaner, chauffeur and scullery maid all at once for children rather than stepsisters.) At times, I feel inadequate.
As a mother of three children (one in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary school), I know exactly how difficult it is to be a mom and juggle a full-time job. Continue reading
by Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim
July 15, 2012, I dropped off my oldest child (13 years old) at the Johns Hopkins University CTY-gifted Summer Program at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA for a three week program. This is his fourth year in the program but his first time enrolled as a residential student.
In so many ways, I was waiting for this moment. I was waiting for this moment to come for the past 13 years of raising my children, the moment of dropping off my kid somewhere so that I don’t have to worry about feeding, clothing, or disciplining them. I have been dreaming of dropping off a child so that I will be free for at least 3 weeks….at least one child less….which is a lot easier than having all three at home. Continue reading