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The Ultimate Ecosystem

Every now and then, D is in museum and he is just stopped. Cold. The fish aquarium at the California Science Center did it to him this time. We had just exited the new “The Science behind Pixar” exhibit, learning about the math and science involved in movie making, and his mom asked D what he wanted to […]

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Big Brother

I got to see what D would be like if he had a brother when we discovered a play area at the mall, and D found a younger buddy to jump off a log over and over again while I chatted with the boy’s mom. They were a perfect match. Two active boys who rarely stopped moving. […]

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Lumberjack

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Finding His Voice

I told D that I would be listening to hear him singing in his school’s annual Christmas program. It is a two-song affair that causes parents to arrive early and hastily scramble to get front-row seats. Last year, as second-graders, they sang the classics “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” and this year as third-graders, D […]

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Talking About Jonah

D and I have been reading through the book of Jonah during our quiet times on the weekends, and it’s amazing how much the story of Jonah relates to D’s life and to mine, too. One of the commentaries I read called Jonah the world’s worst missionary ever because of his disobedience to God and his hate […]

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Shooting Hoops

A basketball hoop was always in the driveway. We moved every three or four years in my childhood, and the hoop provided a sense of continuity. I found solace in flicking a basketball hour after hour towards the rim, and the hoop made my new neighborhood  feel more like home. Basketball was my passion. I […]

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Pixar Exhibit

D cued up Frosty the Snowman when we returned home from “The Science Behind Pixar” exhibit at the California Science Center, so my fear that it might ruin the magic of movies for him was, well, unwarranted. But it’s true science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are responsible for the stuff you see in Pixar […]

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Escape to the Bookstore

I hope D is learning from me the joy of escaping into a good book. Although I feel guilty when reading a book rather than playing with him, I figure I am modeling the pleasure of reading and, sometimes, he grabs a book of his own. And we read together at the same time. My favorite […]

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A Swimming Story

I don’t remember saying it like it was a big deal or thinking this would be the moment. We were in the swimming pool at my mom’s condo and I casually said to D, swim over to me. I was standing in the middle of the pool, and D was at the steps of the […]

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Uku

The Lava Song (from Pixar’s Inside Out) A long, long time ago there was a volcano living all alone in the middle of the sea He sat high above his bed watching all the couples play And wishing that he had someone, too. And from his lava came this song of hope that he sang […]

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