Graduating

Graduation is a big deal. There is life before graduation and life after graduation. Life before graduation is about learning and growing in a safe environment, supported by teachers and family who want to see you succeed. Life after graduation is an ongoing test. It is the push out of the safe zone with a hearty, “Let’s see what you can do, kid.” This week, Scout graduated from the eighth grade and is preparing for the transition from junior high to (duhn-duhn-DUHN!) high school. Of course he’ll continue to be in a safe environment at home but high school will be a new kind of test, a navigational challenge that will see him grow from smart ass kid to smart ass young adult. We can’t wait! Humans aren’t the only ones graduating. The other day I had the unexpected pleasure of witnessing what I assume was a bald eagle’s first flight. … Continue reading…

Birthday Indulgences

This week in 2014, the world’s nerds celebrated “Star Wars Day” and goslings here by our piece of the river cracked their way out of their shells and got their first taste of the open air. On Friday, Mike’s son, Scout, turned 14. Grandma Sherry, Grandpa Sam, Mike, Scout, Moose and I all gathered to celebrate at the barn. Sherry made a delicious chocolate cake and I have to admit that I had a bigger slice than I needed. Note to self: just because you can fit it all in, doesn’t mean you should.  The below pictures are just a few of the shots we camera-happy people took that night. Scout’s celebration included pizza, root beer, ice cream, chocolate cake, a movie, and a shower of presents: a litany of indulgence that would satisfy any 14 year old, I think.  As for me, I think I’m good on cake for at least another year. In fact, I think … Continue reading…

Homemade Games

April 3, 2012. This week I’m a tribute in the Hunger Games. Last week I was fighting gorgons and a few months ago I was a witch student at Hogwart’s under the tutelage of Professor Draco Spitfire, Defense Policeman, Order of Merlin, Second Class. You might know him as Scout. I don’t know what it is that gets me lured into these role playing games. Perhaps it’s my willingness to play along, to go with the flow, and to cast aside adult concerns and errands for the entertainment of a twelve year old wizard/demigod/Hunger Games winner. Perhaps it’s just great escapism. Scout tries to make the games as close to the original as possible. He wrestled with how to make real lightning and thought long and hard about how to turn the family property into an arena that would unleash new and deadly terrors on the hour. He devised a … Continue reading…