In my new role as Grandpa I’m revisiting familiar stories with a new and unbiased audience. Fern’s attention span is nearly as long as mine and she must have some tendencies toward speed reading. If the pages are not turning, the bottom starts squirming. Gramma and I babysat so the new parents could enjoy time […]
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Insights on the joys and challenges of parenting.
I’m adding a title to my list of life accomplishments – GRANDPA or POP or BOOMPAW or whatever the soon-to-arrive granddaughter chooses to call me. I’ve interviewed seasoned grandparents, and their blessed event was marked by giddy anticipation that morphed into a need to spoil. Rational and responsible adults lose all restraint when it comes […]
Boxes and bags stacked by the door remind us that a daughter or son is leaving for college. While the moment is ripe with anticipation for the budding freshman, Mom and Dad struggle with roiling emotions. What happened to childhood? Is she ready for this adventure? Have we taught her enough so she can handle […]
An article in a national magazine presented summer fun tips including suggestions for canoe safety, or specifically, what to do with a tipped canoe if kids are aboard. Uh, if the canoe tips they won’t be aboard long, will they? As an experienced canoe-tipper I did not agree with the suggested actions and feel my […]
How many parents have peeked around the door as their little girl slogs around in Mom’s shoes pretending to be a grown up? Or their son trumpets Dad’s driving vocabulary at the moment the outburst will deliver the highest degree of embarrassment? The scenes are ripe with humor but the hilarity evaporates as we grasp […]