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Meet the Family

Even without Mark, my late husband and the father of our oh… so… charming… teenage daughters, we are still the Fahrenthold-Pittmans and we are still a family. Nell will still tap her fingers to annoy Susannah, who will still yell, “Momma,” in a fake Southern accent to mock her frustration even though Susannah has done this to her for years for the sole purpose of making her cry. Susannah will still shriek like a pterodactyl instead of speak like a human and I will still turn my head around as fast as you can say, “Green pea soup” to scream at my kids, “If you don’t stop fighting right this instant, I am going to brain you!” This will still prompt them to ask, “What exactly will happen to us when you brain us?” And my answer is still the same: they never want to find out.

As I straddle the role of being both mother and father, disciplinarian and softie, I learn that we are still a family despite ourselves. My friends call me Mr. Laura now that I can take a joke.

I hope my readers can too.






  1. Valerie Aubry says:

    Wow. What a wonderful start to a blog and road trip adventure. I can’t wait to read more!

  2. Joan Jennings says:

    I think we’re in the presence of the 21st century Erma Bombeck but with an edge only the loss of a beloved partner can give.

  3. Rosemary Mac Donald says:

    Those ‘well grounded’ feet will bring them to, through, and from many amazing times.

    Congratulations Laura.
    Love always xo xo xo

  4. Mia de Bethune says:

    Really enjoyed this – Congratulations and good luck!

  5. Lindy Fitzsimmons says:

    Hi Laura! It’s Lindy (Olson). I am looking forward to reading your posts, and your book!!!! You seem to be a strong woman, and a great writer. Looking forward to your (albeit sad) story.

    • Laura says:

      Hi Lindy,
      Thank you! So nice to hear from you. I hope all is well? It is a sad premise, but the book is hilarious and not at all a poor widow me kind of story. You’ll see:) sometime in 2015.I’m so glad to have reconnected even in this forum.
      I’ll tell Wendy.
      Stay tuned…
      Did you subscribe to the blog?

  6. Angel De Angelis says:

    Can’t wait to read all about it…! From one Mom, raising a teenager by herself, to another I get it…!

  7. aunt barb says:

    I love and miss you

  8. aunt barb says:

    I would love to meet the girls. Give me a call.

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