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Erica Tran

Erica Tran
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Erica lives in Kenner with her husband Michael and her three sons, Benjamin, Joshua, and Elijah. After graduating from UL Lafayette with a degree in advertising and landing her dream job, she left her chosen field and now works part time as an administrative assistant for a Catholic retreat movement. She spends the rest of her time at home with her boys, finding lost toys and actively ignoring various messes. In 2019, she self-published her first book, The Sister. There's not a lot of free time between working, reading and writing, and chasing her kids, but in those moments she's usually sprawled on the sofa in casual denial about just how messy her house is.

Going Slowly (But Still Going)

My first solo trip to the grocery store with my son was something of a spectacle. I parked in the very back of the parking lot right next to the shopping cart return corral, making...

The Big Kid Bed

Is there anything that makes a baby’s arrival seem more “real” than setting up the nursery? Washing and hanging or folding all the teeny little onesies, agonizing over the perfect pastel shade to paint...

Time, Be My Friend

I recently finished reading my $1.50 copy of Orange is the New Black that I picked up off a book sale table. Yes, that’s the book off of which the Netflix show is (loosely)...

They All “Masked” For You: Finding Gratitude at a Zoo Playdate

My friend texted me the other day asking if we wanted to join her and her kids at Audubon Zoo to celebrate her daughter’s fourth birthday. She wouldn’t be having a typical party-- it...

The Smallest Self-Care

This is the tale of an act of self-care so small, it’s practically nothing at all. In fact, it’s probably something you're already doing (and probably laughing at me for just starting it). The initial...

Welcome to One

Oh, my sweet little boy. When you were born last September, we had no idea what was in store for your first year of life. As our second-born, we thought we were better prepared for...

A Thalassophobe’s Guide to Raising Beach Babies

Let me state this plainly: I am not a beach person. Does the beach have any redeeming qualities? I think not. Let’s start with the sand. It’s like itchy glitter: once you touch it, you...

One Million and One

As a writer, I’m not usually scared of the dreaded blank page. I like to dive right in with writing whatever pops into my mind and not worry about how awkward that first sentence...

Riding the Rollercoaster; Feeling my Feelings

Did we make it through? I’m not sure. With the recent announcement that Louisiana will enter Phase I, we seem to be moving forward. Well, we’re moving, I think. In some direction. Possibly forward. Upon...

To the Grandparents: We Love You & Miss You

I feel obligated to start with this disclaimer: I’m very aware that my family is incredibly, exceptionally blessed to have had all the stars in the grandparent universe line up in our favor.  My parents...

Give Me ALL The Handprints!

Before my son went to school, I would enviously eye the art projects that my friends posted from their little ones in class. I was grateful to be able to keep my son at...

Goodnight Virus

Inspired by Margaret Wise Brown's bedtime classic, Goodnight Moon. In the messy living room There was a smartphone Streaming friends over Zoom And on the TV-- Another round of cartoons And there were three squeeze pouches On juice-stained couches And two...

The Rise of the Introverts

Shhh, do you hear that? No? Don’t hear anything? That’s right. It’s the sound of nothing. It’s the rise of the introverts. We’ve all been instructed to stay home as much as possible, to practice social distancing,...