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Mother of Invention


The photographs from my son Gabe's bar mitzvah sit on my dining room table, waiting to be ordered. His bar mitzvah took place more than a year ago. The handpainted needlepoint canvas that I am stitching for my husband's 50th birthday remains unfinished. Never mind that he's now 51. I am fundamentally a responsible and organized human being. I am also the mother of four sons -- ages 10, 12, 14 and 17. "How do you manage?" my cousin Lexy asks. She is overwhelmed with one daughter. "Some days not very well," I answer. Particularly days in which I try to write about being a mother. This column, for example, represents my umpteenth attempt.

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