At Pier 46

Today, after a failed attempt to cross New York Harbor on a ferry that would deliver us to Governor’s Island, we stopped at a pier along the Hudson River Park, just north of Christopher Street, for some relaxing outdoor time. I laid a blanket on the artificial grass and released little m to the wild. ...

Parenthood and grandparent-hood 1

This parenthood thing is hard. Hard not just because of the kid that requires constant attention (except when she’s sleeping, when I get the brief chance to write missives like this), but because of the strain it puts on every other aspect of life. Three months ago M and I had only each other and ...

Daily Haiku

This is one of the best of the Haiku Diem I’ve seen (#6): new sign of aging: unlock your phone, then forget which app you wanted

That great uncle again

Uncle Sam sent us another gift yesterday, something we weren’t expecting. Little m’s immigration paperwork was approved, and rather then send us a simple notification telling us this, Uncle sent a small envelope that contained a pamphlet entitled “A Guide for New Immigrants.” Stuck to a letter inside the envelope was a small envelope large ...

Observations on a future

Here’s the way it’ll happen: on a day that will come sooner than I realize, I’ll look at my daughter and she’ll be walking. Not crawling or shuffling around, but just plain walking. And she’ll walk right up to me and ask if she can borrow the car, or can she have twenty bucks to ...

Two wheelers, four wheelers, and automobiles

Little m had quite the day. She woke early–she’s been doing that for a few days now, rising just a little earlier each day. First it was bed at 730pm and up at 730am. Slowly we’ve worked out way to sleep by 630pm and up 12 hours later. This morning was the early side, before ...

Welcome, from your favorite uncle 1

Welcome, from your favorite uncle
Remember that video I linked to last week? Today, little m got a message from her favorite uncle: a welcome message. Welcome to the United States. We have received your immigrant visa packet from the Port of Entry where you entered the United States. This letter represents the first step in getting our little girl ...

Can’t sleep, clowns ‘ll eat me 1

Rather than go to bed when I was exhausted at 930pm like my lovely wife, I decided to stay up and watch Meet John Doe on WNET 13 tonight. It was a thoroughly enjoyable movie with a simple story, compelling characters, excellent writing, a great cast (including Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck) about a simple ...

Peapod LT 1

Peapod LT
Thanks to a generous friend, I now have the bike seat to attach to my TreXtracycle on which I shall cart little m to and from day care on a daily basis. I installed the thing on Saturday (after running a 5M race in 30:30, not bad for a guy who hasn’t run a race ...

EI Evaluation

We had a visit from a team of early intervention specialists today. The state of New York offers a free program for children ages birth to three years and who have developmental delays or disabilities. I called for an evaluation into the program the first week we were home and in that time little m ...