The Konig Family Chronicles

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  • Why Mother’s Day is every day

    by Susan Konig

    On Mother’s Day, I am sometimes given small gifts: paper flowers, toast and coffee in bed, a homemade card. Some years, I am sent out for a manicure so I can escape, for a short time, the very motherhood that is being celebrated. I go swiftly and… read more

  • Grandpa and Sinbad the Sailor

    by Susan Konig

    My kids had plenty of reasons to love their grandpa. For starters, he was always sending gifts and “monies” for school supplies and field trips. These were no small contributions to him being dubbed a “fun PopPop,” and my kids… read more

  • A gift from Luke

    by Susan Konig

    Around the time I was having my third child, my cousin Kim was having her second. But there were complications with her son, Luke. He was born with Down syndrome and other developmental problems, and almost died at birth of pulmonary issues. Soon after, Kim… read more

  • Two moms walk into a Chinese restaurant

    by Susan Konig

    My friend Julia and I love to meet for dinner once a month without husbands or kids. We usually go to the same Chinese restaurant and order the same dishes. It’s really not about the dining experience; it’s about talking and laughing and … read more

  • Going back to my old school

    by Susan Konig

    Our 13-year-old is in the process of choosing a high school. After eight years in her parochial grade school, it’s time to move on. She wants to go to Catholic school — we don’t plan to get in her way.No matter where she goes, she will… read more

  • Mom takes the train

    by Susan Konig

    The book Howard’s End by E.M. Forster begins with this epigraph: “Only connect.” In the book, people interact, share, clash, connect, and fail to connect. But the important concept is to try to bond with others — family, friends, … read more

  • Elephants, ice cream, and souvenirs

    by Susan Konig

    It is definitely easier to stay home and watch television than to take three kids to the circus. To venture out on an entertainment adventure involves logistics, money, energy, faith, and patience.But recently, when the circus came to town, I realized … read more

  • Rock star in the family

    by Susan Konig

    We have four kids, so it was bound to happen. Our son is starting a rock band. He came to me and asked me to get him guitar lessons. He doesn’t know how to play the guitar, but he and a couple of friends are starting their own group. The stars … read more

  • Our famliy is late!

    by Susan Konig

    We are never on time. If you have ever invited us anywhere, you know that is true. If you don't know us, take my word for it.We can't help it. Even for church. We can plan and tell our three older kids to be ready for a certain Mass at a certain time… read more

  • My sister's adventurous life

    by Susan Konig

    My sister and I grew up side by side in an apartment in New York City. Though we both still live in the area, her life has become vastly more adventurous.She married a paleontologist and, when they take vacation, they tend to travel a bit farther than … read more