Back to The Mailbox

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

The Force Awakens

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

Independence Day

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

Pride

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. 

If He Cries, He Cries

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

The Death Situation

“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

Phase 2

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

The Human Condition

The human condition encompasses the unique features of being human. It can be described as the irreducible part of humanity that is inherent and not dependent on factors such as gender, race or class. – Wikipedia It is an odd thing recently.  When I first became a parent I found it a little puzzling; this

Through The Looking Glass

Today Chloe Turns 4. The babies have left the building.  They are all grown up.  Get ready for the driving test.  Gotta get my tuxedo on for the wedding.  And so on. I feel old.  When did my kids get so old?  They walk, talk, and have attitudes (mostly good).  They eat with utensils, drink