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Tempus Fugit

Kids and Oscar in wagon

Do you know why it’s a shock to parents to see how quickly kids grow up?  Because the difference four and eight is much bigger than the difference between 84 and 88.  Brains and bodies grow fast at first, like

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What Goes In Must Come Out

Broken fork

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?  There was a French man who ate an entire airplane over two years.  Number Two chose a faster and more modest diet:  plastic fork.  At school, hankering for his mac and cheese to be

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Wheels, Manes, and Beers

Ch brushing mane

Let’s get down to brass tacks:  I need to write more.  The blog has been suffering from regular updates and I hope to change that by, drumroll please, lowering standards!  No more need for coherent and well-organized blog posts.  Nope.

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Hats

N2 envelope hat

Sometimes for dinner you need a good hat.  Though it’s considered bad manners to wear your hat inside or in the presence of ladyfolk, sometimes you have to make an exception if the hat is ceremonial–I’ve seen bishops wear their

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Rainbow Unicorn Bakery

CH and Rainbow Unicorn Bakery

Kids are nothing if not ambitious, and Child Harbat doubly so.  This Saturday she tells me she wants to make her own bakery.  “But just like Starbucks, what do they sell there?”  We came up with a list of coffee,

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Doctor Boy

Dr Two

I’m trying to get dressed this morning and a small doctor came into my room and said he needed to check me.  He lifted my shirt, pressed a stethoscope onto my belly button, listened for a moment, and then proclaimed

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The Smell of Paper

CH and N2 reading at library

Library books smell different than the sterile drawing and printing paper we’re used to holding.  Library paper is yellowed, soft like thin leather, the corners folded and creased, the letters becoming translucent from the absorption of eyes, the transmutation of

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What Happens When…

Girls picking flowers

What happens when you go for a walk with two little girls?  Suppose you pass someone’s well-planted garden, spilling over with flowers and blossoms?  You get to play human vase while the girls chatter and pick more.  And honestly, would

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Up in a Tree

Number Two in tree 2

I remember the feel of raspy pine bark and gummy resin on my hands as I climbed deep into a pine tree as a child.  Eastern white pine trees have a wonderful radial branch pattern making them just about the

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The Doctor is In

CH doctoring 2

Sometimes there’s a break from the chasing and yelling and fighting over who gets the orange plate.  On delightful occasions  CH gets into Big Sister mode which includes extreme patience and a spine-chilling mimicry of the things my wife and

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