Monthly Archives: May 2008

Garbage Disposal

“I did a bad thing,” Lisa said to me with a doleful look on her face. “What did you do?” I said. “I put tea leaves down the garbage disposal and they got stuck.” It had happened before. A wad … Continue reading

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Glum Birthday

David celebrated his ninth birthday yesterday. Like a man dreading the regrettable encroachment of old age he was not looking forward to it. All week long he’d been looking at the day with a rueful feeling of the inevitable, sorely … Continue reading

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Soopenman

Johnny’s notion of Superman continues to evolve. He raised his hands like “Soopenman” does and shouted out proudly, “It’s a pwane, uhh… it’s a fwog, it’s a wion, it’s Soopenman!” (That’s “plane, frog and lion” for those of you who … Continue reading

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Swimming Lessons

It’s been my privilege over the last decade or so to teach my children to swim. I taught swimming lessons as a teenager and so, when it came time for our kids to start learning I just started teaching them … Continue reading

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Jack’s Pool

I’m Jack’s pool boy. Jack lives two doors down and whenever he goes out of town I take care of his pool. We started this arrangement about three summers ago and it’s worked out pretty well, especially when Jack offered … Continue reading

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Doing It Like the Romans

We had Roman Feast today to celebrate our last day of school. We ate a picnic outside and had lots of good Roman stuff including roasted garlic, dates fried in honey, carrot salad with oranges and raisins, flamingo (Cornish hens), … Continue reading

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Rabbit Hunt: Part II

Well, they caught one. Isaac went out around dusk last night and came back excitedly pounding on the front door. “Dad, I need flashlight. I shot a rabbit and it ran under a bush down in the neighbor’s front yard.” … Continue reading

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Rabbit Hunt

“Uh, Dad, could you come outside for a minute? I need to talk to you.” Isaac had a tone in his voice that suggested a variety of possibilities to me. Outside in the garage he held up an arrow with … Continue reading

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Ducks Unlimited

There have been ducks in the neighborhood lately. Our proximity to Sike’s Lake occasionally brings them around. It’s not at all unusual, especially this time of year, to see a pair of Mallards ducking around in the front yard first … Continue reading

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Stupid Man

Johnny was sitting at the table over lunch today with his shirt off. Somehow it was taken off during the morning activities and was never put back on. Lisa stroked the baby soft skin of his back and said, “Do … Continue reading

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