Monthly Archives: August 2010

Little Sister Love

Lily came home tonight to a house without Jake. Lily and Lisa have been San Diego. We find my ten year old in the bathroom crying. She and Jake are intensely close. He always looks out for her. On the … Continue reading

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Separation Anxiety

The night before Jake goes to camp he tells Lisa “Mom, if Dad loses it in the parking lot of camp I’m going to lose it.” He has never been away from us for an entire week. I’m trying to … Continue reading

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Surrender To The One Eyed Pirate God

The Enchanted Forest is a hydraulic masterpiece. The park is set against Douglas firs, and it’s a stone’s throw away from Weyerhaeuser, the northwest lumber giant. I surprised Jake with a late afternoon trip to the land of Enchantment. It … Continue reading

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Women’s Hair – 12 Year Old Boys Perspective

Jake asked, “Dad you can tell a lot about girls and women from their hair.” How so? I asked “Well, a girl with short hair and a nose ring is sorta of making a statement that’s different than a girl … Continue reading

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How To Out Do Lou (as in Piniella)

I’m not sure when it started. The hand signals. It was probably the first night I turned out the light, when Jake was still awake in his crib. As I got to the door, he popped up. Jake wobbled like … Continue reading

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Ghost in the White House and a Billion Other Things

Over lunch today I asked Jake what he wanted to be when he grew up. As a toddler, his matter-of-fact answer was inventor. Now with adulthood out on the horizon I was curious to ask him again. I was hoping … Continue reading

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This is NOT a Problem

At the beginning of the last school year Jake did not connect with any of the boys in his class. Heavy knucklehead factor. He came to me: “Dad, I’ve got a problem, I really don’t like hanging out with the … Continue reading

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