Nicole Herrera

Life in Boxes

“Just like we were never here,” I mused as I stood in the empty living room. I bit my lip,

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Vote Like Your Children’s Lives Depend On It

Parenting is political and the choices we make now will have repercussions that will resonate for a lifetime. My children are close to a decade away from voting, so I have the solemn responsibility to inform myself and vote for candidates and issues with their best interest in mind. Choosing not to vote or voting for candidates and policies that benefit me now, but do not invest in the future would be selling out my kids.

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Losing a Limb

The generational divide may be wide, but our grandparents are our connection to the past and a humbling reminder of just exactly where we came from. Once they are gone from this earth, they leave a void and we need to decide how to fill it. Just as we sort through their belongings, we need to decide which memories to keep and pass on to our children and, if we are so lucky, grandchildren.

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Buried in Stuff

Children need a lot of stuff. Of course we must provide the basics: food, water, shelter,  but then we add books, movies, toys, clothes, and other “necessities” in our efforts to nurture. The pressure to buy children all of these items comes from every direction and is not only felt by parents, but also friends and family who want to show children they love and care about them through these trinkets.

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I Love You Anyway

As I sat and listened to two people I have admired all my life talk about their newest and gravest challenge, I looked around, took a sip of my pinot and a jagged breath in,  exhaling, “Marriage is hard.”
They briefly looked at each other and then at me and my uncle bestowed his wisest advice yet, “Nik, someone once told me that there are three magic words for a strong marriage: I love you. I learned that there are actually four: I love you anyway.”

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Let Her Run, Throw, Kick, Shoot, and Hit Like a Girl

“You’re the only girl on your team,” my Lucia hears frequently. “Does it bother you?” I ask just as frequently.

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Kids These Days

Of all the clichés my students rely upon in their essays, the “kids these days” fallacy has got to be

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It IS Parents’ Fault

As I walked my children to the bus stop today, it occurred to me that putting them on that bus

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A Look in the Mirror

“Whites only! White Power!” were the chants coming from a child at a pool party my family attended this summer.

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My Mother’s Daughter: A Multi-Generational Love Letter

I will never forget when the ultrasound tech spoke the fateful words: It’s a girl. As the wand moved over

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Embracing Failure

I lost. I cannot believe I lost. As I stared at the election results in disbelief, frustration built from my

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