Near Misses


This evening, I stopped for gas on my way home from work. The station was crowded, and I crept along at a snail’s pace as I exited the parking lot. As I passed a truck parked in front of the convenience store, a little girl about nine or ten ran right out in front of my van. I was going slow, and I stopped in time, but I could tell by the look on her face that in that moment she and I were equally as terrified.

It was a near miss, thank God, but it got me to thinking about how life can turn on a dime. A few seconds, a few inches could have altered the courses of both of our lives.

That’s somewhat melodramatic, I know, but it’s true. Everything can change just like that.

And I don’t like it a bit.

What near misses have you experienced?

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Johnson & Johnson Safety Promise

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Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is a staple of childhood, and has been for… well, as long as I can remember. I have a distinct memory of my mom washing my hair in the kitchen sink, and making bubbles fly out of the Johnson’s Baby Shampoo bottle.

I bet the scent of it brings back memories for almost every person in the country!

But remember when there was all that controversy over their ingredients? Johnson’s heard the concerns of parents and family members, and removed those ingredients from the products. Check out the video above – it’s a demonstration of the company’s impressive commitment to customer satisfaction, but it also made me think about the promises between parents and children.

I remember my mom promising me that she and my dad would never get divorced. I must have somehow learned what the word meant, and she must have wanted to alleviate any concerns. I remember how safe that promise made me feel, and had they had the opportunity, I’m certain they would have upheld it.

Tonight I asked Kate what kind of promises I’ve made to her. She immediately reminded me of one that I had completely forgotten. She was in third grade and was about to take the big standardized test that determined her entrance into fourth grade. She was beside herself with worry – she was convinced that the test was so important that President Obama himself was going to grade it. Now, a couple years later, she remembered me telling her “I promise you that you’re going to pass this test!” Now, that was an easy promise for me to make and keep, as Kate’s a great student, but it obviously meant something to her to hear me say those words.

What promises have you made your children?

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I must admit – I’ve gotten a bit out of my cooking groove this summer. It started with swim team season – we weren’t home at least two nights a week during June and July, and for some reason that seriously inhibited my dinner-cooking habits!

It’s time to get back into the swing of things, though, but since we still have another month before Andy and the kids start school (post-Labor Day start FTW), we’re still in a summer state of mind… which is why my latest collection is all about quick summer suppers.

Take a look at the collection above. I can’t wait to try the Adobo-Marinated BBQ Chicken. I love anything-adobo, so this is perfect for me. The Stuffed Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburgers also sound amazing. Kate’s current obsession is – get this – black beans. I added the Healthy Nachos and Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas to my collection so she can get her fix! Never one to forget dessert, I couldn’t pass up the Grilled S’mores Pizza, either.

What have you enjoyed cooking this summer?

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