It was a big day in our house.

It was a big day in our house.
I had been laid up with fever for the past five days, shivering and sweating through long nights, weak and irrational during shortened days. My son was sick, too, something any parent knows is perhaps the worst combination to happen. Being sick at the same time as your child is a real challenge. He was ...

Another Tooth

Another Tooth
The tooth had been dangling for more than two months, since before Thanksgiving. A new tooth had already grown in behind it. Back in December when I took m to the dentist for her semi-annual cleaning I asked if we should take the tooth out because I worried that the new tooth had no place ...

The Bike Too Big: My First Christmas Memory

The Bike Too Big: My First Christmas Memory
I was about five and living in San Rafael, California, with my mother and brother in an expansive mobile home community across the street from what would become Skywalker Ranch. My parents were divorced–separated before I was even born they had always been that way for me. Despite their divorce they maintained a more-than-cordial relationship. ...

Parenting fail: the bite that bit

Parenting fail: the bite that bit
Not a day has gone by in the last several weeks that I haven’t felt like a failure as a parent. I don’t mean failures in the little things, like I forgot to pack lunch for my daughter until the moment we had to leave for school and I scrambled quickly to shove anything into ...

An open letter to my daughter 7

Dear m, This week history was made in America. You were old enough to know what was happening, but perhaps not quite old enough to completely understand it. At the most basic level, America did what America has done for more than 230 years: we elected a new leader. Over the next several months, leading ...

Teaching Moments 2

Little m has been learning piano, and in a relatively short time she’s gotten quite good at it. She took a music class last year in which she learned about different elements of music, about notes, and about different types of music from all over the world. It was mostly listening and singing with some ...

Exhaustion 1

I’m growing older. It’s something that happens to all of us, and not something I’ve ever worried about or dwelled on. Growing older is the unstoppable process of time, and to worry about my hair falling out or my eyes going bad or my body just not recovering from a day like I had last ...

Caught in a Lie 6

School offers free breakfast to all kids, served in the classroom, after the time the kids are officially supposed to be in school but before class technically starts. It’s a great service provided by the county—a free breakfast—and one that we’d gladly take advantage of if it weren’t for m’s size—she has always been a ...

Children, the sequel 2

Children, the sequel
This is a sequel to a post on, well, sequels. Second chances, do-overs, part twos and threes. In thinking about sequels the first second in my life that came to mind was my second child. When M and I first started talking about having a second child, we discussed how hard it was to have ...

The Second Ocean Pines Super Sprint Tri: The Daddys 4

The Second Ocean Pines Super Sprint Tri: The Daddys
Saturday, September 17—Ocean Pines, MD. Despite the outdoor pool’s cool temperature I was swimming strong. Nearing the end of my swim I watched for someone to dip something in the pool to let me know I was on my last lap. When I turned at eight and saw nothing in the water I figured I ...