From the Marchives: I originally posted this six years ago, and while a lot has changed, so much hasn't. Eldest son Willi is now heading into his senior year in college as a political science major, youngest son Sam has just graduated from high school. The current political shenanigans in D.C....? Still a solid postscript … Continue reading Of Jefferson, Lincoln, and the Folks There Now; Lessons from a Week in D.C.
Category: Sons and daughters
The other night, son Will, the high-school-junior-to-be, was assisting me with a handyman project. We had to hang two new blinds in our living room windows, after removing the hardware for the old, broken ones. Those with engineering degrees need not apply. We got this. One of the blind brackets needed to go in the … Continue reading Blind sided
A friend recently posted a note on Facebook concerning her young sons voracious appetites, bemoaning the fact that her first-grader could “apparently eat a whole rotisserie chicken by himself!’” Ahh, rotisserie chicken. At one time or another, we’ve all had the need for a quick meal. If you are really in a rush, you can … Continue reading ‘Chicken is chicken. Parts is parts.’
“You young kids and your crazy ideas.” That’s a phrase my thirteen-year old son Sam uses dryly when a topic comes up and I refer to something from the past, or throw in some sort of archaic phrase like ‘groovy’ into a dinner table conversation. One of Sam’s favorite treats is a cold Dr.Pepper; so … Continue reading Like Son, Like Father, Like Wow, Man
The other day I was standing on the front porch with my sixteen year old son Will, waiting for his family car pool ride to school, sophomore year now in the homestretch. I was on spring break from my school and was savoring the opportunity for a little morning one-on-one we don’t normally have; younger … Continue reading Digging in the Dirt Pile of Memories
I recently got another lesson in accidental parenting – one of those I-didn’t-know-he-had-picked-that-one-up from youngest son Sam, nearly thirteen. While driving back to New Orleans from our Christmas in Minnesota, Sam was laying casually in the back of our mini van playing a video game, and something that occurred apparently surprised him. His blurted response? … Continue reading Building a More Varied Vocabulary in 2012, Lesson 1
One of my favorite overheard lines of the year: A guy was sitting in a New Orleans restaurant nursing a beer and waiting for his order, complaining that the beer was cheap but wasn’t very cold, when the waitress walked up with his po-boy and said, “Here – wash your beer down with this.” Things to … Continue reading Post-it-Notes and scrap paper notations from throughout the year that were scrunched up and stuffed in my pants pockets and forgotten about. The ones that didn’t go through the laundry.
Yes, Felix - there is a Santa Claus. Or in the case of the Family Lucker, there are numerous Santas. Not to mention a pervasive spirit of Santa Claus and what he represents. In the late 1800's, a young girl named Virginia wrote to New York newspaper editor Francis Church asking 'if there really was a … Continue reading Santa Thoughts for a Grandson’s First Christmas
My grandson-to-be Felix is, at this writing, some five days removed from his expected due date and still in utero. This, of course, has created much consternation amongst a wide range of folks – most notably his mother, my daughter Lindsay, and his dad Brad. As is the apparent norm in this modern technological age … Continue reading Past his/my freshness date
We had stir-fry for dinner the other night – with a bit of a new twist; we added some sliced squash to our usual chicken-vegetable combo. I still don’t like squash. In this particular instance, nobody really did. As they were fairly large and distinctive, they were easy to pick out from the cauliflower, broccoli, … Continue reading Quash the squash