From the mouths of no longer babes…

N playing Super Smash Bros against K: N: For f*cks sake! J: What did you just say? K: She said “f… u….” J: I heard. N: Uh. Let’s just say I said ‘oh holy dog’. J: *watching* N: I didn’t actually say ‘oh holy dog’… Parenting tip #1037.2: In these situations, it’s best to keep a straight face.

Time

Time flickers. I went today to a place I likely haven’t been in thirty years. Time flickered. My daughter loves swimming. My son loves swimming. It was our one rule, you can do whatever activities you want, as long as you want. If you want to stop, you stop. Swimming though, that’s non-negotiable. You will do swim lessons. That’s not…

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Sober vs. High = Old?

Scrolling through YouTube. K: *pointing* Sober vs. high! What’s that? B: Adult stuff K: What’s sober? B: Sober means clear headed. J: Yes, Mama and I are sober right now. B: Very sober. K: Does sober mean old? Ouch. That stings kiddo. That stings.

An Evening of Mario Party

K: Can I be first player? J: No. N: CAN I BE FIRST PLAYER? J: No. K & N: Why? J: Because I’m 41 years old, so I’ve earned the right to be first player. When you’re 41, maybe then you can be first player. Of course I’ll be seventy something then so I’ll still get to be first player.…

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There is hope for the future…

Our walk back from today’s vote:   K: So, who’d you vote for?   J: I voted for a lot of different people. Almost 40 of them total. Mayor. Councillors. School Board. Park Board.   K: Cool! Who’s the Mayor right now?   J: Gregor Robertson. He’s been the Mayor for the last ten years… but he’s not running again…

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Fatherhood, Failure & Zombies.

There are a lot of people I miss in this world, but I will not miss my Dad. Family and friends gone, people I never really knew gone… and I miss them. My own father though, it will be a relief. That’s a sad thing to say. Maybe a cold thing to say… but it’s also a very true thing…

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It’s Been A While…

It’s not that I have nothing to say. It’s not that I’ve given up on the blog. It’s just life. With that life, the constant smashing and thrashing of things on my brain… on my patience… on my energy. When you get to that quiet point at the end of the day, if there’s even the slightest energy still left…

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Bathtime Wisdom From Three Year Olds

*from the tub*   K: DADA!   J: What?   N is slurping water off the side of the tub.   J: N, That’s GROSS!   N: DADA!   J: What???   N: Water is good for bodies!  

Anger

I’ve been angry lately. Anger is not the most conducive thing when it comes to parenting. I’ve been angry. But not because of my kids. So it’s hard. It’s hard to take that anger and deal with it. Use it constructively. Refuse to just shut down. Refuse to, as my forefathers did, find themselves at the bottom of a bottle.…

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A Mischievous Sparkle Extinguished

I lost my Great Uncle this week. It’s not that it was unexpected, though perhaps it was, as he was 91 years old and of course, that’s a good life. Still, the spectre of loss. The idea that I’ll never hear his voice again. It’s difficult. It’s sad. It’s left me a little off kilter all week. I first met…

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