Photos: Autumn at the Zoo

We were all home today – no scheduled events. So we asked the girls what we are going to do as a family.  They chose the zoo.  My two teenage girls got giddy over the zoo.  So we had to go to the zoo. I think it has been at least 5-6 years since we…

Damn you, Steven Universe!

(video to watch is here.) The girls love watching Steven Universe.  They have Tivo set to record every episode that is shown on TV.  I catch glimpses of it here and there – but came into the episodes late.  I’m missing lots of storyline.   But damn, that song…….hit me right in the heart.  I cleared…

Go, Kids, Live….

My heart hurts. For all kinds of reasons. I look at my life – and I see a pattern. Me, taking care of people – caring about people – doing all I can for them — Then having those people shit on me. I made a list of it today for a friend.  It went…

Hard Conversations and Harder Realizations

I knew this call was coming.  I just didn’t know when. I came back into my office after getting some water to see my phone had stopped ringing.  The caller ID told me it was my parents’ home number.  I looked at the clock and confirmed that it was my dad.  Mom would still be…

Old Photos and Foreheads and Noses

“You’d better bring them back” were the words my dad shouted at me as I was getting into my car with a stack of photos and one photo album. “Maybe,” I thought as I waved to him. I realized on my parents’ anniversary that no one knew where their wedding photos were.  Their wedding was…

Civil Lessons

“What the hell is going on?” she asked as she looked at her phone. I asked what she was talking about, and she told me. “I guess the board meeting went poorly, so the kids at my school are planning to walk out tomorrow at 9am.” DJ had just gotten out of her martial arts…

Parenting and A Trip Back 30 Year Ago

After getting home late yesterday afternoon, I got a call from my dad.  The usual small talk ensued, then I finally asked the question I had wondered about. “So when did Indigo break her phone?” Indigo, my almost 14 yr old daughter, has gone through more phones than anyone I’ve ever met.  And well, I…

Happy with Pride

It has been years since I attended the Pride Parade.  My kids were up and ready to go before I was.   This was their first Pride as teenagers – both of them – so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. I’ll be honest.  As I was standing there, annoyed we had gotten there…

Let’s Call It What It Is

“I don’t talk about this – but I should,” my dad started as a change of subject.  I wasn’t sure why he called – his voice had an urgency like he needed to tell me something, but twenty minutes into the call, he had not spoken of anything important. “I’ve been going through a bout…

Dog Tags and Memories

“While you are here and your brothers are not, I want to give you something.” Dad walked past me and down the hall to his office where I could hear him shuffling through things.  I heard him mutter something that seemed to translate into success in his search for whatever it was.  Then he came…