I’m Lisha (pronounced “Leee-sha,”) a working mother to three sons, embracing my midlife years and joyfully accepting the fact that I have turned into my mother. I live in the suburbs of New Orleans, where I enjoy an eclectic lifestyle that includes lots of laughter, good food, and wine. I have been blessed abundantly, and try to share those blessings whenever I can.
The Trailblazer (also known as The Firstborn, College Boy): This one has garnered “favorite son” status because he is now old enough to buy wine. The others will have their turn someday, but for now he holds the distinction. He has recently graduated to adulthood and left the nest to make his own way in the world. My secret wish for him is the same wish all parents have for their children: to have one child EXACTLY like him — who knows everything about everything.
Slick (also known as The Middle Child): Obviously a strategic thinker, he has decided to attend college out of state and near the beach. Blessed with cool hair and a quick wit, I’m sure he’ll make the most of the experience. He was once described by a teacher as “the funniest kid he’d ever met.” I’m sure that will serve him well someday. Or get him kicked out of school.
The Dude (also known as The Caboose or The Little Guy): An American Idol hopeful with dyslexia. (That makes homework a boatload of fun!) He is often on the receiving end of things from his brothers: advice, abuse, and hand-me-downs. He tolerates them well, and when he’s the only kid left at home and we have all our money to spend on him, he’ll have the last laugh.
Mr. Wonderful: My college sweetheart and husband of many, many years. An Italian boy with some hang-ups about his mother (think Everybody Loves Raymond…) who served in the military for 25 years, including a one-year vacation in Baghdad. A builder of awesome treehouses and my personal IT guy, he is the Yin to my Yang.
Perro: The four-legged family member we rescued a few years ago. I love him because he’s the only male in this house who makes eye contact with me when I speak.
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To contact The Lucky Mom, send an email to lishawrites (at) yahoo (dot) com.