Growing up, my mother was always the glue that held our family together. She had the most consistent job, working as a teacher for essentially the entirety of my life up until this point (happy retirement, Mom!). She made dinner every night. She took care of my brother and I. She knew each of usContinue reading “Mother’s Day, 2020”
The song was twenty-three minutes and thirteen seconds long, and it stopped as abruptly as it began. The usual response after it ended was to continue staring in some vague, undefined direction for a few minutes more and then slowly begin moving again. There was something about the ineffable beauty of the sound that madeContinue reading “Elysian Elegy”
When I was first visiting New Zealand, before I ended up moving there, I took a ferry across Waitemata Harbour to go to Devonport. I have enjoyed every trip I’ve taken to Devonport, and at various times I took my girlfriend (now wife) and my parents (still my parents) there, and they enjoyed it asContinue reading “The Crowdsourced Map”
After the previous lockout, I did a much better job of not locking myself out again. But the next time it happened, it was a doozy.
Some couples remember exactly when they met, or even have a story around it. I don’t remember the first time I met her. We both went to the same church, and I knew of her before I knew her. She was a college student; I had already graduated. We had different social circles.
When my wife and I arrived back home from our honeymoon, we moved in to our new house for the first time. About two weeks later, we locked ourselves out. I remember the date well, because it was the day we were celebrating my birthday (which was the day before my actual birthday).
When I was a freshman at Virginia Tech, I lived on the Upper Quad, where the Corps of Cadets lived. To be clear, I was not a cadet, but I lived in the civilian dorms next to where the cadets lived.
When I was in second grade (about 8 years old), my best friend James and I had a game we’d play called Big Time Scramble. When we were going somewhere as a class and the door was closing in front of us, we wouldn’t grab the door, we’d try to run through it without touchingContinue reading “Big Time Scramble”
I promised pictures of cats, and I suppose I should deliver.