Today was a big day for a few reasons: Today was the 1st day of school; but not just any other 1st day: For Julianna, it was her 1st day in Middle School and for Chloe it was her 1st day in Elementary School without Julianna. That would normally bring a lot of anxiety for
Today Chloe turns 9. A few months ago, I wrote a post largely about Chloe’s most recent evolution, including some of the challenges she has faced this year and some of her achievements and accomplishments. These birthday posts are generally reserved for a year-in-review type of thing unless it happens to be your 10th birthday.
‘Cause every night I lie in bed The brightest colors fill my head A million dreams are keeping me awake I think of what the world could be A vision of the one I see A million dreams is all it’s gonna take A million dreams for the world we’re gonna make This is the
Listen, I wasn’t ready to be an empty-nester for at least another 10 years. This is all messed up. The house is oddly quiet. We’ve been here without kids before but this is different. Cassie the Dog doesn’t know what to make of all of it. She’s been sitting next to me, looking at the
Today Chloe turns 8. It has been quite a year for her; for all of us really. Last year, on this day, I wrote about how we had brought home 2 new members of the family: Willy and Charlie (kittens). Just over 3 months later, Willy died. He had a rare kitten disease that was
Today Chloe turns 6. Hard to believe another year has passed. Last year I wrote about how Chloe had essentially started to come out of her shell. I think its safe to say that she obliterated that shell this year. “Mommy, what do I need to do, right now, to make sure I don’t have a
Today Julianna turned 7. Less than 48 hours ago, I was living vicariously through my friend Corey as he was literally hours away from going to the hospital with his wife to meet their 1st child. I found myself easily reliving the emotions associated with the anticipation of the “about to meet my kid” situation.
In the summer of 2003, I served as the counselor for my camp’s annual CIT trip. Typically, my camp (plus two others) took a pilgrimage to Israel. That year, we went to Maine—not quite the same thing. Instead of climbing Masada, we climbed ropes. Instead of floating in the Dead Sea, we floated down the
“Daddy, what’s the situation with death?” Not long ago, I wrote about my Great Aunt Charlotte passing away. That event has inspired all sorts of interesting and reasonably difficult conversations over the last few months with Julianna. For this post, and for the record, Chloe is not particularly interested in these matters yet which is
Today Julianna turned 6. I’m not positive but I think I need to start thinking about her as a big girl now. This morning when she woke up, my wife and I went in to give her obnoxious birthday attention that feels “this” close to warranting eye-rolls. I sort of picked her up and held