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...

Growing UP.


Kids grow up so fast.  Adults joke and pinch and say that it’s “too fast” while the kids can’t wait to get older, bigger and taller.  There’s something about reaching up to that next notch in the paint on the doorway and marking it with...

Can’t Wait to be 8


For the past few months my daughter has been saying “I can’t wait to be 8”. I can.  I can wait.  I want to wait. I want to wait at least the next two months and I’d prefer to wait another two years. This is...

Big Plans: Part Three. Don’t die on a hill.


It may sound ridiculous, but it’s a danger that can await any of us. Don’t die on a hill. Once upon a time there were some people who were slaves.  They were miraculously rescued from slavery, at their own request.  They got scared during that...

Powerless, but not useless


It’s 2:25 AM and I’ve been working on this for an hour. Inspiration often strikes in the middle of the night.  I’ll wake up with a crystal-clear thought or an image that needs to be written down.  So I do. But tonight is different. I’m...