SPARK

I’d feel remiss if I didn’t mark today in someway and how it affects my daughters. Yesterday morning (November 8, 2016), the first thing Chloe asked was if Hillary had won.  She knew it was election day.  I explained that while Mommy and I had already voted, most people were going to vote today and

A. Brand Name

My Grandfather died today.  He was 97 years old and I can’t imagine what life would have been like without his influence; without his presence. We all have starting lines.  We have places where the family tree begins.  Certainly I’m aware that before my grandfather there were his parents and other people but I never

Barney Daffodil

On November 11, 2014, one year ago today, the world lost someone it barely had time to know:  Eddie.  He was just 18 months old. I started writing this post in February.  I normally spend about 15 or 20 minutes writing these but this one has been an exception. I’ve been friends with Eddie’s parents

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

How To Live

My Great Aunt Charlotte died today. Great as defined by the family tree.  Great as defined by humanity. When is the right time to explain death to your kids?  I thought about it for a long time over the last 6-8 months.  I’m pretty lucky to have lots of older people in and around my

The Great Pyramids

“Daddy, where does the pyramid come from?” Well, I get these types of questions regularly.  My mother was recently asked by Julianna why she couldn’t see the moon during the day.  What can I say, my kids are nerd-wannabes like their daddy.  It makes me very proud. “Daddy, where does the pyramid come from?” Context: 

Daddy Discovery

What do your kids know about you?  What do they know about anything other than themselves? Kids are of course naturally selfish and why shouldn’t they be.  Everything is about them and their worlds.  What they want.  What they need.  We, the parents, in many ways are literally servants to their every whim, at least

Daddy, Who’s Osama Bin Laden?

I often play out these types of questions in my head so I can be better prepared when the question actually arrives. I love how inquisitive kids are in general and so for the most part I welcome the questions but there are some (at varying levels of difficulty, seriousness, and potential awkwardness) that make