Minding the Gap

Lola Magazine Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

As a young adult, I never imagined the picture of raising children to involve me lying face down in the yard with turf in my teeth. And yet, here I am. I blame middle school as it is, most assuredly, a contact sport. This fall, …

Mama Down

Lola Magazine Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.”  I remember lines to books and movies like I should be memorizing scripture. I don’t know why, but simple phrases heard or read once are forever etched on my brain — rattling around from day …

Fanny Packs of Faith

Lola Magazine Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

My mother-in-law wears a fanny pack. Since meeting my husband in 1995, I can’t recall a time when she hasn’t adorned one. I remember wondering as a teenager what she carried in it. Unlike my mother’s large and fashionable handbags, the practical fanny pack only …

Date Night

Lola Magazine Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

My husband and I are dating each other again.  COVID tried to kill our fun, but we aren’t having it.  I’ve known Pat for 26 years, but over time he has affectionately become known to me as “Clark,” as life with him is a wildly-wacky, …

Grit

Lola Magazine Lola Shreveport, Payton Denney

Written by Payton Denney My regional manager thinks I’m a gorilla. Our relationship is marked with a history of bad communication. On one recent occasion, he called me to obtain feedback on a software decision. Frustrated that I was not providing a helpful answer, he …

Fire Life

Lola Magazine Lola Shreveport, Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

WRITTEN BY PAYTON DENNEY Our dog will not stop rolling in poop. Each day she takes to the field behind our house, finds the largest, most foul pile available, drops and rolls. She then trots back to the house like she’s just finished first place …

Hindsight’s 2020

Lola Magazine Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

My 92-year-old grandmother has a Facebook page. She’s never been a fan of missing out on the action. Instead, she chooses to be in the middle of it. So during this time, when I’m convinced that the whole world’s gone crazy, I decided to engage …

Funny Farm

Lola Magazine Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

Last week I bit a ping pong ball in half. It occurred right after my oldest son pelted me in the forehead with it. I had calmly asked him 17 times to stop throwing it. I’m certain he will no longer ignore my requests nor …

This is 40

Lola Magazine Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

Forty is upon me like the impending hangover from a cheap vodka martini. It’s coming, and it’s going to be painful. And although, I’ve had some subtle hints of its arrival along the way, I’m bracing for more not-so-subtle change. Last month I threw out …

This is Us

Lola Magazine Kiddos, Payton Denney

My wedding dress isn’t the only thing that no longer fits. I’m not the same person that my husband married. Fifteen years in, I remember what that woman looked like, but I have no idea who she was. We’ve changed. At the age of 24, …

Adulting…is for the birds

Lola Magazine Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

Once, while attending a cocktail party, I caught on fire. It was New Year’s Eve, and I had allowed myself to be roped into attending a party with a bunch of strangers. In 2001, no one carried cell phones. There was no Facebook or Instagram …

Girl Tribe: Together We’re Better

Lola Magazine Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney

After a lengthy war with infertility treatment, I convinced myself that getting pregnant and having kiddos is the hardest part of parenting. How naïve could I possibly be? After the twins were born at 34 weeks gestation, I quickly discovered how wrong I was. There …

Be Merry, Be Bright & Be Truthful

Lola Magazine Holiday, Payton Denney

I’m stranded in a Mexican airport with my husband, my dentist, and my gynecologist. There’s a tropical storm coming, and our plane is having technical difficulty. At least we have our bases covered. Somewhere between check in and Terminal C, I snagged a golf ball-sized …

I Used to Be Cool

Lola Magazine Lola Shreveport, Payton Denney

Yesterday I found a bald spot. I had just taken a sip of my morning coffee. I rubbed my eyes in disbelief, but there it sat shiny and proud in the part of my hair. This just so happened to be the same week I …