Category Archives: Family Fun

The French Connection

As are most High School students, son David (13) is troubled by his French school work. “Dad, can you help me with this assignment?” Asking me is a real sign of desperation. My French is adequate for little more than … Continue reading

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Clever Bird

There are many ways to bond with your fourteen year old daughter…I thought this was a pretty good one.

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Footloose

“Jessie, why’s the floor so slippery?” “Uh…” Blame it on Kenny, Kenny Loggins that is. “Footloose” is a song I’d have been happy to die without ever hearing again. It was so overplayed in the 80’s that the joy of … Continue reading

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Captured by a Five-Year-Old

I haven’t played a game of chess for four years. I gave it up when my eight year old son beat me. It was at that point I decided it just wasn’t my game. At our holiday house in Buckie … Continue reading

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Young Enterprise

Jessie has a way of pestering me into submission. “Dad, can you take me to the Sweet Spot?” “Dad, can you take me to the Jett Garage?” “Dad, can I watch TV?” When she takes a notion, regardless of the … Continue reading

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Goggie Gone

We grieved when our last dog died. He licked up some of the paint I was using on our lawn furniture. (We were never sure if it was a case of negligent manslaughter or suicide. The authorities finally ruled it … Continue reading

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My Five Favourite Animals

I was walking to school the other day with Jessie and Johnny. It’s kind of our time together, a little bonding for the three of us. Jessie usually talks constantly, while Johnny bobs around like cork in the sea, his … Continue reading

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Toothbrush Gun

“Dad, Johnny’s got his toothbrush!” “What’s he doing with his toothbrush?” “He’s using it as a gun.” A toothbrush gun, why didn’t I think of that? The kids will make guns out of anything: sticks, LEGO, bits of trash, broken … Continue reading

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Pipe

Ben was furiously working on a new wood project last weekend, which always makes me a little nervous. “What’re you making?” “I’m making a pipe. I found a website that shows you how to make a pipe like the kind … Continue reading

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Minty Fresh

“Dad, smell my breath…huuuuuhhh.” “Why am I smelling your breath David?” “I got some mouthwash today at the store, it was only 89p,” he said enthusiastically. “What are you buying mouth wash for?” I said, trying to stifle a laugh. … Continue reading

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