On being a father

For my son . . . You don’t know this, but I often watch you while you sleep. I’m always struck by the peaceful look on your face – so young and innocent. And peaceful. Very often in your sleep, you look like you don’t have any cares in the world. I’m also often struck by…

I’m not a doctor, but I did stay at a . . .

For years, I’ve been told that I should have been a doctor. This has very little to do with my intellect or compassion or even applying a simple band-aid from time to time. Nope. This observation comes solely from the fact that I have horrendous handwriting. It’s pretty awful. But that’s honestly the only thing that even…

I never knew I made such a scary Halloween costume

There are jokes, and then there are JOKES. My daughter pulled a good one on me yesterday by dressing up in the scariest Halloween costume I’ve ever seen – she dressed up as me! I should have known something was up when the kids kept asking me all week to get a fresh haircut on Thursday…

Oh, how I (almost) long to get a tattoo

I have to admit, I’m getting a little old and not sure I understand the fascination with tattoos. I try, but I haven’t quite grasped it yet. But I like them. That must be said. In fact, I generally like pop culture all the way around. My favorite things that are similar to tattoos are…

Passing up candy

It feels like the end of an era. My son this year declared that he wasn’t dressing up for Halloween. Nor was he going to go trick-or-treating. It makes me sad. First, for the simple fact that I thought I had taught him better – never pass up free food! Beyond that, is the fact…

Boys will be boys

If you’re ever looking for me or my son, there’s a good chance we’re out in the front yard playing something. We play football, baseball, basketball (well, that’s actually in the driveway), and even soccer from time to time. This time of year, it’s football. Every afternoon if the weather allows, we go out and…

Soup and cool weather

I love fall. And this year has been especially nice. (Well, especially nice after the temperature finally dropped below 90 on a regular basis). Cooler weather means many things. It means it’s time to break out some of the warm-weather clothes like sweatshirts and jackets, and, for me, long shorts. I love the sights and…

But is he old enough to shave?

This morning I saw something completely shocking. Something that made me question everything about my life. I came home from running this morning at 6:30. And when I opened the door, I saw my son, standing in the kitchen already dressed for school and making his own breakfast. My first thought was . . .…

Which half of the pizza is the left half?

I’m not sure what it is, but weird things always seem to happen to me. I’m sure everyone feels this way at times, but I feel this way just about every day. For example, I can be traveling in another town, waaaaay away from where I live, and there’s a good chance I’ll run into…