Category: Mom To Mom

My mom actually said “hashtag!”

By Jennie Montgomery   Hashtag affluenza—not a phrase I had expected to hear my 83-year-old mother throw out there! We were watching a cable newscast during a recent visit when she gave me her take on that mom who fled the country with her teenage son. My Mama actually said “hashtag!” She loves words and is all-in when it comes to playing word games with the family. Not talking about Scrabble here, but Apples to Apples and its evil cousin, Rotten Apples. (Nothing makes my kids lose it like hearing their Nana read—let’s say “ambiguous”—answers to fill-in-the-blank racy questions.) I got some good laughs...

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Birthday Wishes for Dad

By Jennie Montgomery   We have been bona fide empty nesters for about three months now. Zack moved to Kennesaw for his job and both girls are away at college. What a change! I have been pleasantly surprised by the ease with which we have adjusted to having all the kids out of the house—we aren’t staring at the walls, our lives are as busy and engaged at always—I just get to sleep in now! The most noticeable difference in not having the kids around happened on Scott’s birthday. I decorated the dining room table the night before his...

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Binford Blues

By Jennie Montgomery   I can still hear the clapping of clogs going up the steps in Binford Hall, in rhythm: stomp, stomp, stomp…stomp-stomp-stomp-stomp-stomp! At the same time, echoing wildly through the three-floor stairwell, we sang the chorus to the latest chart-topping hit from Queen “Bop, bop, bop… another one bites the dust!” My roommate and I lived at the top of that third floor stairwell—you’d open the door to the hallway and see right at our room. We heard EVERYTHING that happened in the stairwell—the racing downstairs when someone was late for class, laughter, sometimes yelling, even quiet...

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Call Me Sister

By Jennie Montgomery   Mother, wife, journalist, sister, daughter, cousin, friend. Those nouns describe the way I view myself and the way others see me. They represent the roles I play in other people’s lives. Like many mamas, I identify myself FIRST as a mother. I have been loving and raising my children for 22 years. But my longest relationships go back to other children: my siblings! I don’t remember life without Amy, and I clearly remember the day Richard came home from the hospital. They are my people.   We would pile into the same bed on Christmas...

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Back-To-School Switcheroo

By Jennie Montgomery   Back-to-school shopping with my kids always included paper and notebooks, pens and pencils, bright yellow highlighters and new lunch boxes. OK, I can see them reading this column and freaking out about that sentence! So let me clarify:  When they were in elementary school, the annual shopping for school supplies always included new lunch boxes. Lunch boxes were easy in the elementary days. My three kiddos had their favorite movies, characters or colors and nobody took the wrong lunch. Theoretically. Those long lunch tables can be intimidating—especially when there are strict rules about talking and...

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