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Sunroofs, T-Tops, and Law; Visiting Dad at Work

The 80s brought knee-high socks with colored stripes, video arcades with Pac-Man and Centipede, and T-Tops for hot cars like Corvettes and Datsuns.  In 1982, I wore the socks, Jeff went to the arcade, and dad quit his job as … Continue reading

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Christmases Away From Home, 1994, 2011

A year into the Air Force, I celebrated Christmas on an island 6,000 miles from home.  Three dollars a minute for a too quick phone call to mom and dad:  Jean played softball and dad fixed the earthquake damage; mom made a … Continue reading

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July 2011 Roadtrip, Leg 2: Generations

Kris, Zach, and I got to spend three days at grandma and grandpa’s independent living facility.  In staying there, I expected certain things like slow moving cafeteria lines and a gout specialist. What I didn’t expect was the middle school … Continue reading

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The One About 8-week-old Babies Trying to Live Up to Expectations

I grew up on hyperbolic stories of what I was like when I was a baby.  I only cried two times:  Once when my mom stuck the diaper safety pin through my belly and once when my mom stuck the diaper safety pin through my … Continue reading

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The One Where Zach’s Eyes Lighten and Look Like Mine, Sort Of

My eyes were a masculine light green when I was little.  They weren’t as nice as Jean or Jake’s baby blues, but they were unique.  Everyone who saw me would’ve said I had nice eyes, if only both eyes pointed in the … Continue reading

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The One About the Rights of Fathers

I have always loved babies.  Mom tells me the story of how, when I was twenty months old and she first brought Jeannene home, I jumped up and down, screaming, “A baby! A baby! A baby!” And I loved her.  … Continue reading

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The One About the Biological Shortcomings of Men

Day 14 of being a dad and I’m noticing a dearth of tasks which God has set aside for just me to do.  So far my wife got to be pregnant, my wife got to give birth, and now my … Continue reading

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