Monthly Archives: September 2011

Hello, Monkey

RAY SAT ON MY lap in that dimly lit, soundproof room, and we looked at ourselves in the mirror until a speaker on either the left or right sounded off. When my boy heard it — sometimes a pitch, sometimes … Continue reading

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Let the Sunshine In

I DUG THROUGH BOXES of kid stuff I stash for later filing — 2029 at the earliest — and I still could not find the form letter, that peculiar birth announcement template some use to break the news that their … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods

WE MADE IT BACK to the trail head outhouse before Andy messed in his cute Spider-Man tighty-whities. But once we got there, my boy refused to do the very thing that prompted our about face a half mile into our … Continue reading

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Goodnight, Not Goodbye

CARL NAPPED, DAVID ASSEMBLED his new desk in the basement and I cried without a sound for about 20 minutes on the couch that afternoon. Baby Andy kicked in my belly, and I knew it soon would be time to … Continue reading

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Hairnets, Pirate Cake and Grandma Love

THE BAKERY WORKER HANDED us hairnets and invited us behind the counter to show us how she could transform an ordinary cake into one wishing Grandma Van a happy 59th birthday. The kids tugged them on and watched as she … Continue reading

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The Flipper Buddies

CARL AND I WOKE before the rest of the family that morning and hit the road to pick Queen Anne’s lace for Grandma Van. The road, in this case, was the chip-and-seal type with gravel shoulders that ran past the … Continue reading

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