Category Archives: 2 – Past

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Where should one call home?  I’ve always called Texas home, even though I wasn’t born there, only lived there 10 years, and haven’t lived there in 40 years.  The answer, I think, is because that’s where my parents live.  Well, … Continue reading

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Things I Didn’t Expect to be Doing at my Age

Until my daughter came along, the chance that I would be doing any of the following was most unlikely.  However, they seem almost normal in the context of raising a child. (1) Changing diapers (Not any more, but I have … Continue reading

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The Velveteen Rabbit & Other Friends

Over the past few years, I have read to my daughter the story of the Velveteen Rabbit at bedtime, the last time, I think, for the first time, all the way through.  As her stories go, this one, about a … Continue reading

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Swimming Lessons as Life Lessons

At present our daughter is learning to swim and play soccer.  In a couple more months, she will had two years of swimming lessons.  She is getting quite proficient, confident, and safe, all positive developments. Watching her learn new skills … Continue reading

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Before the Lightning Strikes

Around the time I turned 51, I concluded that my lot in life was to remain a bachelor.  Shortly after that lightbulb went off, I was dating a woman who had lost her long time husband the year before and … Continue reading

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Baby Shower Advice

During my wife’s pregnancy, we were treated to a baby shower by her colleagues.  Obviously she was the center of attention, although I got plenty of support, love and advice. Not bad for my first baby shower!  I received – … Continue reading

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Favorite Friends

Our daughter’s favorite friends have already evolved as she has grown.  In her first bedroom at home,  the walls were muralled in Dr. Seuss themes –  the Zeps on steps, Yertle the Turtle and Sneeches (those with stars upon thars) … Continue reading

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Projecting into the Future

All parents universally hope their children become happy and successful.  From those broad brush strokes, the details become complex and varied.  How much does one nudge a child in a particular direction?  How much should a parent merely encourage and … Continue reading

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Long Distance Pregnancy

For much of her pregnancy, my wife lived in Florida while I lived in North Carolina.  As we had before, we commuted frequently (2 to 4 times a month) with one of us flying to visit the other.  Before the … Continue reading

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Aunts & Uncles

Our daughter is fortunate to have two aunts and three uncles just by showing up.  Even more fortunate is that all of them take an active, albeit from a distance, positive role in her life.  Over time, we have added … Continue reading

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