I jump out of bed, my heart racing. Stopping in the doorway, I poke my head out into the hallway and listen closely for any signs of life. Then, stealthily, I move out onto the landing, careful to avoid the squeaky floorboards that could betray my position. As I begin to tip-toe down the stairs, I hear something. Movement. Again I halt and hold my breath in the early morning darkness, listening closely before continuing my descent. Then, just before reaching the bottom, I hear a thud. Footsteps. And then a door opening. The Animal has awakened!! With no time to lose, I sprint into the den...Read More
A couple weeks ago I was getting ready for work, and since it was a chilly morning, I was wearing my Pittsburgh Steelers hooded sweatshirt, or “hoodie,” as the kids say. As I went to pull off the sweatshirt, I grabbed the hood on both sides and yanked it up hard, assuming that the shirt would just slip off over my head. One should never assume. Somehow the front part of the shirt got caught on my Adam’s apple and then got lodged under my chin. It felt like someone just punched me in the throat, and I think I actually lifted myself off the ground for a second, a la David...Read More
This year we wanted to start a new Christmas tradition with my kids, something we could enjoy together during this special season as we give thanks for our blessings and celebrate the birth of our Lord.
So we decided to go out and kill a perfectly good tree.Read More
It sounded like a good idea. Take a 23-month-old to a 2-hour-long, black-and-white, largely dialogue-driven movie right smack in the middle of dinner time. On second thought, no it didn’t. As part of our ongoing efforts to establish some Christmas traditions, Cassie and I took Boogieface and The Animal, to The Strand Theater for a matinee showing of one of my favorite movies, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” We knew my 4-year-old daughter would like the movie, because it features one of her favorite songs. As for my son, well, since television usually puts him into a calm, sedated, zombie-like...Read More