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Monthly Archive for May, 2014

The Cure for Nostalgia

Over the past year I’ve worked hard to find the right reading material for Simon. He’s a fine reader—a very good one in fact—but reading is not something Simon gravitates to for recreation, and he prefers my reading to him over his reading to himself. All of which is fine. Simon’s true loves are obviously […]

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Yesterday Simon played in two soccer games. His team won the first game 2-0 and lost the second 0-10. Can you guess which performance I was the proudest of? If you guessed the epic beat-down, you are correct. Here’s what happened: Simon’s full roster showed up for the first game, played hard, and pulled off […]

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The Off Season

Pigs have taken wing. Hell has frozen over. Simon has just declared that he is ready to take a little break from soccer. All it took was nine months of continuous play, barring a few weeks off in November between indoor and outdoor sessions, two weeks at the holidays, a snow day, and two rained […]

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I am currently dealing with a uniquely American problem: I am drowning in my own stuff. My stuff has got stuff. Ten years ago, my 1,000-square-foot apartment seemed spacious. Now my 1900-square-foot home (plus basement and storage shed) is bursting at the seams. I know this problem is common; it’s why The Container Store and […]

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Measured Meddling

One of the trickier things about having Simon play soccer with older kids these past six months is that I have been less sure of my own role. Among his cohort, I have a good grasp of what’s allowed—public hugs and kisses, shoe tying, wrapper assistance—and what’s not—picking him up (not that I could), hugs […]

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Are We There Yet?

I don’t know how the kids are doing spring fever wise, but I know at least one grown-up who is over this year. That would be me. It’s not that the year hasn’t been a good one. It has! It’s just that at this point in the game, things are taking on a valedictory tone […]

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