“Making Sandwiches…a remembrance of September 11th”

“MAKING SANDWICHES” By Jennifer Rawlings Sherman Oaks , California September 2001 5:45 am- Drats- I hate getting up this early. Can I push the snooze button for another three hours? Maybe the kids don’t need to go to the second day of school…..maybe…..oh whatever…I’ll get up and make the kids lunches. The house is quiet. Read More …

DRIVING WITH THEIR FEET

DRIVING WITH THEIR FEET By Jennifer Rawlings When my son Noah was little he loved to play bumper cars in his Little Tikes cozy coupe with the bright yellow roof and red doors. He would head down the driveway full blast into his brother Joshua who was busy tilling the cul-de-sac in his Little Tikes Read More …

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO ( plus three days)

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO ( PLUS THREE DAYS) BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS I have given birth to four fabulous children, and I often joke about that the fact that the experience I had while  giving birth to them is permanently reflected in their personalities. Courtney was so big when she was born that she broke my tailbone. Read More …

WAIVING GOODBYE TO IRAQ

WAIVING GOODBYE TO IRAQ BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS     Soldiers in Iraq are packing up their rucksacks, turning in their Kevlar and helmets, cleaning their guns, and piling into C-130 aircrafts to fly home. On the long flight home many of the soldiers will pass the time on the flight talking about all the things Read More …

THE GENERAL, THE PRIVATE, AND THE FAST-FOOD

BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS ( originally published in Change.org) THE GENERAL, THE PRIVATES AND THE FAST FOOD BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS I love American soldiers. I hate war, but I love the men and woman in uniform. American soldiers come from all walks of life and many of them dedicate their lives to the service of others. Read More …

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF MOTHERHOOD

THE HIGH AND LOWS OF MOTHERHOOD BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS ( originally published in Hybridmom.com) A few years ago, we started a dinnertime tradition at our house called “Highs and Lows”. I stole this ritual from my friends Alex and Jennifer who live in Northern California. “Highs and Lows” involves going around the table one at Read More …

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER EMBARASSING MOMENT AS A MOTHER

BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS            It’s a good thing that motherhood isn’t boiled down to one day but stretches over decades. I need a couple decades of full time parenting just   to get it “almost right”.           I make tons of mistakes as a mom and my kids are quick to point out every last Read More …

THE YELLOW RIBBON

(I initially wrote this article for CHANGE.ORG    and it appeared in the war/peace section on March 25th) By Jennifer Rawlings        This past weekend I was performing at a theatre in my hometown in Kansas. After the first show the other comedians and I went to a local bar to grab some horrible cardboard pizza and Read More …

FEAR OF THE BAD BIRTHDAY

  BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS            Some of my very dear friends don’t like to acknowledge their birthdays. Well I am not one of those people. I love celebrating my birthday and I like everyone to know. Today is my birthday.         The problem with “celebrating your birthday” is that sometimes they turn out to be Read More …