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I love my just-turned-16-year-old with all my heart.

But she’s a teenage girl. And I’m her mom. So right now, we’re about as compatible as Voldemort and Harry. Texas and OU. Seinfeld and Newman.

From all the books I’ve been reading, I’ve learned that it’s supposed to be that way.

It’s Perfectly Normal.

It. WIll. Be. Okay.

I know she’s just going through a phase. And she really does love me as much as I love her.

Yet…some days….hoo boy. It’s crazy. She’s just so….so….well, so sixteen.


It’s sullen and stubborn
and oh-so sarcastic,
silly and sassy
and sometimes just…spastic.

Storming and swearing,
occasionally savage,
snippy and sourpussed
(daily, on average).

Short-tempered, sharp-tongued,
and slanderous (maybe);
skeptical, sulky
and self-absorbed, baby!

Slovenly, sensitive,
slothful and surly;
sophomoric, sure –
and still-little-girl-y.

But above all: surprising —
those times when you meet,
and you have to admit that
sixteen can be…sweet.


©2013 Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz


A Limerick A Day – Day 23/24 – Bracketology

In case you haven’t noticed, March Madness is upon us, which means that brackets are all some people can think about. Your coworkers, for instance, have probably spent countless hours strategizing their picks and have serious money riding on the outcome.

For those of us less basketball-oriented, there are other options for friendly competition. A year ago, I stumbled upon this bracketology book at my local Goodwill. I’d meant to give it to a friend who’s a big sports and trivia (and sports trivia) fan, but ended up keeping it for myself. It’s highly entertaining, with brackets for all sorts of subjects, including all-time best animation characters, guitar solos, plastic surgery disasters, Samuel L. Jackson films and women’s underwear. (In the end, thongs narrowly lost out to underwire bras.)

As a logophile, I count the following contests from the book among my favorites, though I don’t necessarily agree with the resulting winners — the em dash, for instance, didn’t even make it to the Sweet Sixteen of the Punctuation Playoffs.  Sheesh.

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March Madness, while still just beginning,
Seems so silly, it sets my head spinning;
I’ve got better things yet
On which I could bet
(Though right now I wish my team were winning).


©2013 Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz