The Value of a Quarter

The Value of a Quarter at the Lemonade Stand by Kim Bongiorno

Summer break was barely a couple weeks along, but she had been begging for permission to run a lemonade stand since the bell rang on the last day of school. I agreed to Saturday afternoon, if it was sunny—not stifling—out. The day came and I followed through on my promise, despite not really being up for the labor, […]

Quiet Pause

Quiet Pause by Kim Bongiorno about meeting with Ernie Banks

About a year and a half ago I found myself sitting at a table with Ernie Banks the day he got home from receiving The Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was a regular at my in-law’s pizza place in Chicago, but for some reason we kept missing each other during my family’s visits there. Until […]

Mom’s Big Life Questions

Moms Big Life Questions by Kim Bongiorno of LetMeStartBySaying

From the time we’re teenagers, we ponder the big questions in life, searching or hoping for answers. Philosophical contemplation is simply a part of human nature. Then we become parents, our questions change, and we’re pretty much just shouting our confusion into the vibrant abyss of endless dirty laundry. Here are some examples of how those questions we […]

The Treasures They Hold

The Treasures They Hold by Kim Bongiorno

Most parents spend their days collecting moments. Like multi-tasking beach combers, we keep an eye on the waves crashing towards us as we reach down to grab big, rippled clam shells in perfect form; bits of bleached coral; rare folds of smooth green sea glass; tiny delicate pink shells the size of our fingernails. We […]

Preventing Popsicle Toes

Preventing Popsicle Toes by Kim Bongiorno of Let Me Start By Saying

“Mama, I have some CRAZY news.” “Oh yeah? What’s that?” “I have a POPSICLE for a toe right now! There’s a hole in my boot!” “Can I please eat the Popsicle toe when we get home?” “NO! It’s my TOE! But you can buy me new boots tonight, right?” “Of course, baby girl. We can’t […]