As is often the case for Miles and me, what began as a simple conversation this morning about Ninja Turtles quickly became a deep discussion about aging, time, and prospective descendants. Miles, fascinated by the thought of me as a child, wondered where he was in 1988, a period I was describing as the time … Continue reading Year 5, Day 112
When I walked up to Miles's daycare at pickup time earlier this week, I was surprised to spot him in my peripheral vision approaching across the grass come from an adjacent building. "Daddy!" he called, as genuinely excited as I've ever heard him. "I'm not in daycare anymore! I'm in the fours class across the … Continue reading Year 5, Day 110
This may be a milestone that doesn't feel as major as it is just yet, since it won't become a reality for a few more months, but Jaclyn called me today with "something important" to tell me. The important thing? Miles has been officially accepted into a pre-K program beginning in the fall. For those … Continue reading Year 5, Day 19
Tonight was one of those increasingly rare nights (not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing) where I made it home from trivia before Miles was asleep. As I laid with him in bed, he said, "Daddy, can you make me a trivia show like you have?" At first, I wasn't sure … Continue reading Year 5, Day 12
"How's it feel being four?" I said to Miles this morning as we sat on the couch together. "Bad," he replied. "What do you mean?" "I want to be five."
Where does the time go? Somehow, it's been four whole years since Miles was born. I wouldn't believe it if it weren't for both the conversations I'm capable of having with him now and my body's rate of deterioration (NOTE: I made it through a good 38 years of my life before "feeling my age"; … Continue reading Year 4, Day 365
Today was a day I didn't even know I needed to dread yet, as I assumed it was still at least three or four years away. Miles, in all earnestness, requested his own cell phone. "I want to get a real phone so I can talk to somebody," he said, unsolicited, as we pulled up … Continue reading Year 4, Day 315
Because I didn't post this the other day, Miles has completed his transformation into a diligent consumer: Why do I feel like we're going to end up with WAY more cottage cheese than we really need?
Last weekend, Miles was invited to a birthday party for his buddy Chase from daycare. While I wasn't able to join Jaclyn and Miles, Jaclyn did tell me that when Miles arrived, he was introduced by Chase's mom thusly: "This is Chase's best friend!" Maybe it's because I really only see Miles at home, where … Continue reading Year 4, Day 140
It's hard to explain death to a child. Miles is still figuring out what it means to exist; trying to rationalize ceasing to exist is impossible (not that it's much easier for adults, in all fairness). But this is where we've found ourselves this week, as Miles's Papa passed away this morning. Jaclyn left early … Continue reading Year 4, Day 84