Category Archives: Friends and Family

A New Hobby

My daughter and I are starting a new hobby, gardening. This weekend, we went out and got nine new houseplants, a bunch of seeds, and various supplies. It started as a plan for filling our yard with flowers, but it’s still a little too cold to start outdoors, so we got the houseplants to keep […]

Adventures In Parenting – Song Lyrics

I act as a censor for what my daughter is exposed to. There’s a lot of TV, movies, and YouTube that she’s not allowed to watch. There are games I won’t let her play. I keep some news stories from her. I’ve never specifically told her she can’t read a book, but I have warned […]

Friendship

I got a card in the mail from a friend. She wrote a little note inside saying that she was in town and thought of me, so she sent me a card. It wasn’t a huge gesture, but it made me really happy. That’s the power of friendship. It has a unique way of enriching […]

What’s Your Favorite Part?

My daughter asked me, “What’s your favorite part about Christmas?” I told her that my favorite part is watching her open her presents. She said, “Why do you like watching someone else have fun if you’re not having fun yourself?” I told her that it’s hard to explain, but that it’s part of being a […]

Wrapping Presents

I hate wrapping presents. It takes a shocking amount of effort to get them to not look like they were done by a five year old in a hurry. I used to work retail at a place that offered complimentary gift wrapping. I dreaded customers requesting it. I passed it off to my coworkers whenever […]

The Perfect Gift

There’s very little in life as satisfying as getting someone the perfect gift. Just the idea that you can make another person that happy is great. It’s true for everyone, but I’ll bet parents know it better than most. It’s challenging getting the perfect gift. It’s even hard for Santa. But, when you can do […]

Putting Up the Christmas Tree

2020 is a weird year. We put up our Christmas tree tonight, Wednesday night. We did it after my daughter finished her homework. But we couldn’t take too long, since she has to be up for school tomorrow and had to get to bed. Normally, we would have done it on a Sunday afternoon. We […]

A New Kind of Christmas

A couple of weeks ago, I had an awkward conversation with my daughter. She asked me if I believe in Santa Claus. I said yes. Then, she announced that she was skeptical. She asked some more questions which I ducked, dived, and avoided. I wasn’t ready for this. I knew this was probably going to […]

We’re Still In a Pandemic, Aren’t We?

This was an interesting week. But I guess to tell it right, I have to start with last week. We had a COVID-scare. My brother was showing symptoms and went to get tested. He had been in contact with my parents. Socially distant contact, but still contact. My parents were supposed to be my childcare […]

The Fifth First Day of School

Every year, I write a little something on my daughter’s first day of school. It’s nothing big, just some thoughts and feelings to mark the occasion. This year, my daughter is starting Fourth Grade and I’m more confused than ever before. School was supposed to start last week, but COVID pushed it back. I have […]