Articles by Sarah Smiley
By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 19, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
“There are so many stories of Dustin cheerfully believing he has a ‘better way’ to get to our destination, only to end up taking us on a ‘scenic route’ that, in his words, ‘we would have missed otherwise,'” Sarah Smiley writes.
By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 11, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
It might surprise you that although I’ve been a military dependent for 39 years, the only foreign country I’ve visited is Canada.
By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 04, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
This extreme sport, if you will, involves waiting until the last possible moment to turn on the furnace and avoiding one more month of heating costs.
By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 27, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: Feelings of being “different” when you are new to Maine are not fiction. Neither is the immense sense of pride people have in this state — for good reason. But these divisions stymie growth and turn away people who will love Maine as much as we do.
By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions Sarah Smiley receives regarding the boys, with her answers — and theirs!
By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 13, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
His experience of what we lived through together is textbook. His memory of our months alone together are just stories he’s been told.
By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 06, 2016, at 5:12 p.m.
I learned my lesson about lists after the muffin incident, but this weekend’s lemonade mix-up canceled all of Dustin’s go-getting tasks.
By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 30, 2016, at 2:01 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: This year I learned I love desserts.
By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 23, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: What else does my son think is green? I wondered. Turns out, quite a bit.
SARAH SMILEY | POLL QUESTION
By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 16, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
The next morning, I woke up to a text from someone else who had been with us that fateful day: “I have lice. Starting the treatment now.”
By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 09, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
Each year we try it again, and each year we learn more hard lessons. Except for the year when we finally got lucky.
By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 02, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
Summertime means that it is lake time, and when you go to the lake, there are a host of lies people tell you.
By Sarah Smiley on July 26, 2016, at 6:38 p.m.
It’s funny how through each stage of our life, hundreds of moments and memories are filtered down to a few select items.
By Sarah Smiley on July 19, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
There is another problem for last-borns that no one seems to talk about: For all the flimsy scrapbooks and memories, your room becomes the dumping ground for everyone else’s childhood stuff.
By Sarah Smiley on July 12, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: At first I scanned the 4 behaviors in bold type — Selfishness, Conceitedness, Self-Righteousness and Chronic Complaining — and my first thought was, “Sounds like every toddler I’ve ever known.”
By Sarah Smiley on July 05, 2016, at 4:21 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: I made a mistake. Despite nearly 16 years as a mother to all boys, boys whom I know absorb my comments and actions, I had a moment of weakness and forgot. I opened my mouth, and bad, hurtful words came out.
By Sarah Smiley on June 28, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
Soon, it was just Owen who went to the school to pick up my youngest. He waited in the cafeteria with the other teenage siblings and stood stoically with his back against the wall when his little brother ran to him, his backpack bouncing up and down behind him.
By Sarah Smiley on June 21, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: In the history of the world, it often has been women who influenced massive change. Now that it is their life, financial aid and “choice” at stake, perhaps they will finally change Selective Service, too.
By Sarah Smiley on June 14, 2016, at 3:21 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: I thought this fear-mongering stuff had jumped the shark way back when toy catalogs were advertising new, safer inflatable sleds for wintertime “fun.” But, no, we had to go all the way to jailing mothers and calling for their heads before everyone could take a deep breath and realize we can’t eliminate all risks.
By Sarah Smiley on June 07, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: When we sit inside, our fast-paced culture has won and childhood has lost. Maybe people should just be safe drivers instead.