Category: Mom To Mom

Laundromat Logic

By Jennie Montgomery   Sky Baby is having the most adventurous summer. She’s working as a counselor at a Methodist camp near the North Carolina coast. She’s learned a lot about wildlife (frogs, snakes and seagulls)…and laundry. She was warned by veteran camp counselors that washing her clothes on site would turn them brown so she drives to a laundromat in the nearby town every week to do a load or two. Now, Sky’s exposure to laundromats is pretty much limited to the washers and dryers in the basement of her college dorm. Taking her clothes to a free-standing...

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TV Time Machine

By Jennie Montgomery   Seems like every day my inbox is flooded with messages from Groupon. Usually I just delete without evening opening but one day the subject line was just interesting enough that I opened it.  The special sale that day was for digital transfers—you know, taking old home movie tapes and transferring them to DVDs. Best money I’ve spent in years! I hadn’t told the family about it, so they had no idea what was up when I called everyone to the den late one evening. “Does anybody recognize this?” I asked. It was a video of...

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Tell Me Later…Please!

By Jennie Montgomery   Beach towels? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Common sense? Nowhere to be found. My college senior and two of her friends were packing for their Spring Break trip to Miami. They seemed so organized and independent- it was clear they didn’t need my help at all. Me: “Let me get you a bottle of aloe. ”Maddy: “Already have it packed.” Me: “I’ll find the good beach chairs out in the garage.” Marissa: “We’ve already found them, thanks.” Shrugging my shoulders I left the room and then it hit me: “Maddy, don’t forget your Triple-A card! Does anybody...

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Barney vs. Kim

By Jennie Montgomery Posting a birthday greeting to my son’s Facebook page got me thinking. Twenty-three years ago there was no Facebook, obviously. But in his lifetime, technology has changed so many things…from the way we communicate with each other to the widespread acceptance of pop-culture trends.  The first one—communication—is easy to measure. Facebook and other social media platforms make it so easy for new parents to share their baby’s milestones.  I love seeing the creative ways they capture the monthly growth photos. Baby propped up with a “One Month” banner, or a chalkboard behind a baby bump announcing...

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Waiter Woes

“Tequila Mockingbird!” By Jennie Montgomery   My daughter and I were laughing out loud in the middle of a restaurant as her BFF continued his story about the classic Harper Lee novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird.”  “Seriously, I always thought it was ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ until we read the book in high school,” Eric confessed. His “tequila talk” made him think about the bar at the hotel restaurant where he works—and a big blunder.  The manager had sent a message to the dining staff to keep an eye out for a worker who was coming to fix a plumbing problem....

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