Climbing the monkey bars of parenthood

When my daughter was five or six-years old, she used to like to climb the ladder to the monkey bars or the hanging ropes at the local playground. She’d take a step or two, look back at me, and then go back to the ladder. One of her feet would inevitably get tangled or come …

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Leaving home

My friends say we're being silly, but my wife and I are convinced that our kids are "abandoning" us, leaving us for brighter more exciting lights. Our daughter drove back to college this weekend; our son will be leaving home in less than twenty-some days to start boot camp. They’ve given up the comforts of …

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Our last Christmas

When the third and final ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, in the classic novel, "A Christmas Carol," takes Ebenezer Scrooge to the churchyard and shows him his own grave stone, Scrooge is overwhelmed with fear and pleads with the spirit to give him another chance. He promises to turn a new leaf, to …

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Testing out the empty nest

My wife and I went out to a restaurant this past Friday night and got seated right away. While we waited for our food, we vented about work and our busy week. We talked about what we had planned for the following weekend. Of course, the conversation ended up coming back to our kids, their …

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