I realized that I was probably doing just fine, so long as I was doing my best to be what my kids needed in that moment.
It all came on so fast. One minute they’re content watching parent-picked shows like Thomas the Train and Dora the Explorer on an actual television set, and now they are self-selecting videos and hearing the ‘F’ word all day on their own personal screens.
Years from now we will reminisce about this moment- the kite, the string, the wind.
How can I explain to them what has truly happened to me-that I have lost the ability imagine, to dream beyond the everyday?
When my daughter, Clover, was born I felt that part of my new responsibility was to imbue in her a deep and personal connection to the natural world.
I have to say that even though Ellie’s haircut was long overdue, I was still a little taken aback when my wife told me that this time I would be the one to accompany her to the salon.
1. House is trashed and I have a legit excuse
I pluck the To Do list from the dashboard, ball it up in my fist, and jam it into my back pocket. There is still time. Time to see my daughter so young and alive.
Our neighbors live in a constant state of competition over their kids, constantly trying to outdo each other to establish who actually had the smartest child.
You guys are my life’s greatest achievement.