This is us. Part 2.


All together now, sort of Another thought jumped out at me during the Winter Concert. These kids, sixty of them from 4 or 5 different classes, have been rehearsing these songs once or twice a week for months.  A great deal of preparation and practice...

This is us. Part 1.


Tuxedos and t-shirts Elementary school concerts immediately have a few things working against them.  Parking is a pain in the neck.  They are a forest of strategically placed tripods and well-meaning parents using iPads to record.  They are a constant reminder that no amount of...

Something isn’t quite right


For reasons I’m simply unwilling to admit on a blog, I had to get a door replaced on our car a couple years ago. (Not the car pictured above… I’m not that cool.) Okay, fine, I’ll be honest.  One Christmas, we got home quite late...

Silence


Do not read this if you are in a hurry.  If you have fewer than four minutes before whatever comes next, this is not for you.  Do not read this if you have something on the stove.  Especially do not read this if you already...

Thirsty


I was just falling asleep when my daughter came into our room the other night.  I heard her walking down the hall and started to pull myself out of that pleasant “about to fall asleep” feeling. “Is everything ok, honey?” “Dad, I’m thirsty.” I keep...

Water


There’s something about water that does something to me.  Maybe you’re the same way.  In my childhood I loved the water.  We had an aquarium in the house and I can trace my fascination back at least that far.  My parents tell me that I...

A Dinosaur Under the Bed


“Go clean your room.” They are futile words.  At least in my house they are.  We tell the kids to go clean their room and we know deep down that saying anything else at all would have been a better way to spend that breath....

“What did you bring me, Daddy?”


That was all that mattered.  But for the sake of story, I’ll bring you up to speed. I travel a lot for work.  When I get home, I’ll regale my kids with bizarre stories of airport adventures or tell tales of odd encounters with fellow...

It’s a Yogurt Commercial…


There’s a nightly blackout protocol in our house.  We have to turn everything off to stand a chance at bedtime.  If the iPad screen still shines, we’ve lost before we’ve started.  If we stop to answer a text or check that last email that just...

One Last Cast


When people talk about Adam walking through the garden naming animals, I think of my father.  Not just because he knows every animal, bird, or tree I’ve ever seen.  Not because he was unofficially voted “the one person you should want with you if you’re...