Posted on: Sunday, September 21st, 2014 | No Comments
Several weeks ago, Justin asked me if I had gone fishing when I was a little boy. I told him that I had been many times and that I loved it. But……….I may have embellished my experiences a little. For his benefit, I made the stories sound “homespun,” like they came from the pages of “Huckleberry Finn.” To him, it probably sounded like I had wistful afternoons, lazily sitting on a dock in my overalls, with a fishing pole in one hand and a piece of straw hanging out of my mouth.
The reality was far different. I remember standing on the edge of the main lake at Camp Barney Medintz (about 100 yards away from Poo Pond – it is what you think it is) every year and sweating from the Summer humidity in rural Georgia. I spent more time trying not to pass out from dehydration, avoiding getting … Continue reading →
Posted on: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | No Comments
The last thing I heard before “the accident” was GWE asking me if I wanted a glass of wine with dinner. I never got to answer her. Before I could say “Sure!,” Garrett managed to trip over his scooter, fall forward, and bang his head into the corner of the patio door. GWE caught him as he went down. As she turned him over, I saw the gash in his forehead.
Personal experience told me this was serious. (I have the same cut on my forehead from going head first into a brick mailbox when I was a kid.)
I looked at GWE and calmly said, “We need to go – now. I think he’s going to need stitches.” From that moment forward, the chaos of the evening fell away and we were a well-oiled machine with one purpose – get Garrett to the doctor! I took the food off … Continue reading →
Posted on: Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | No Comments
Never before has Justin been so relieved to get food out of his mouth!
As the restaurant manager leaned over to apologize for our food service, I looked at Justin. He looked pale. In slow motion, I watched as he raised an empty plate up to his face just as partially chewed food began to pour out of his mouth like lava. All I could think of was “Why is Justin spitting out food RIGHT NEXT TO THE MANAGER?!?!?!”
Earlier that day, we decided to go to an Asian restaurant for my birthday. “MommaBob” was happy to join us and we all met at the restaurant. After we were seated, GWE took the liberty of ordering food. As we casually talked and got caught up, steaming plates of rice, dumplings, and duck eggrolls arrived at the table. GWE cut an eggroll in half and handed it to Garrett. After a … Continue reading →
Posted on: Thursday, August 21st, 2014 | No Comments
As I walked into the kitchen, I discovered Garrett standing on a stool while half-perched on the counter. In one hand, he held a pen. The other hand was used to keep a yellow pad of paper from sliding away. His brow was furrowed and he was passionately scribbling something.
“Garrett?” I asked. “What are… Continue reading →
Posted on: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 | 1 Comment
My wife gazed at me longingly, but with a sense of urgency. We locked eyes. Slowly, she leaned toward me and seductively whispered, “I’m not wearing any underwear.”
Now – where do you think my wife said these magical words?
A romantic, candle-lit dinner for two,
After a few drinks at a party, or
On… Continue reading →
Posted on: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 | No Comments
While GWE was out of town and Justin was at a sleep over, I had Garrett all to myself. We decided to have a Guys’ Night Out – just the two of us! I scooped him up in one arm, grabbed the diaper bag in the other, and we were off for an evening of… Continue reading →
Last week, GWE was in New York for the first part of the week on business and then in Houston over the weekend with family. In total, she was gone for 7 days! SEVEN LONG DAYS!!!!
When we were in our 20s and she traveled for business, it was great. I used to love it… Continue reading →
Posted on: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 | No Comments
Occasionally, there are things that happen which I have chosen not to write about. The reasons range from “it’s a long story” to “it’s too embarrassing” to “it would be unfair to point out the utter stupidity of someone who can’t defend themselves.” Garrett has been through 3 daycares in 6 months and I… Continue reading →
Maybe Garrett was happy to see GWE leave for a few days. Or, maybe it was the realization that Justin wasn’t in the house to defend his room at that moment. I don’t know if it was a spontaneous act of excitement or if Garrett had been planning this for weeks. Last Friday morning, Garrett… Continue reading →
Posted on: Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | No Comments
I do not know what my son is doing in the bathroom. For some reason, he has recently “discovered” the privacy of the bathroom and has spent upwards of AN HOUR in there. I’ve stood at the door many times and asked him if he was ok. He’s said, “I’m fine.” I’ve asked him if… Continue reading →
Posted on: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 | No Comments
As parents, we expect our children to imitate some of our behaviors. Garrett is a smart and funny kid. I’ve seen him repeat things (sometimes inappropriate) that he’s heard…but, this is the first time he’s ever used props!
There are times when Garrett does not want eat the food on his plate. To get him… Continue reading →