boyhood memories

2014 March

Men, this International Women’s Day, WAKE UP!

2017-07-19T01:35:08-04:00March 11th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

I’ve always liked older women. When I was in Grade 2, Queen Elizabeth was … well … quite something, up there on the classroom wall at Maple Crest School, looking down at me with that hot outfit and crown and all. Those were fine days. The only woman who could compete with the young queen was [...]

2014 January

The hills are alive with the sound of mystery

2017-07-19T20:01:09-04:00January 14th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

So over the weekend Hannah and I did a little dance because Hannah wanted to dance in her new birthday bathrobe, this during an intermission of The Sound of Music, the first time all five of us sat down to watch it together. Maybe Hannah danced too because we’re still basking in the glow, that [...]

2013 September

How chummy sleepovers can go awry

2017-01-31T23:15:17-04:00September 19th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It was all set, I was told. Chris had invited me over for the night. Which was fine, because Chris was a cool dude, a buddy with a sort of bowl-cut who lived just down the hill, and, after that, just up the hill. We loved to play hockey together, so much that once I [...]

2013 August

Are you enjoying life? Or just skating in circles?

2017-07-19T20:48:30-04:00August 20th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It’s the height of summer but we’re at the rink anyway. It’s our last skate of the season. Liz is flying across the ice with her golden hair streaming behind. Hannah (her black Ugandan locks jammed under a black hockey helmet) is also going round and round, as is Jon, smile from ear to ear, telling [...]

2013 July

Cousins and gifts and a different sort of beauty

2017-07-19T20:52:36-04:00July 15th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

‘This is how you do it, she said, and she put some water in the sink and got some soap and took it all in her hands and showed me how to wash my shirt in the sink. The shirt was short-sleeved and striped blue and white, horizontally, and the sink was in the attic [...]

2013 May

Going home

2017-01-31T23:18:42-04:00May 1st, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

One day, maybe, science will measure just what exactly happens to the deepest part of our beings when we go home -- what happens not just to our emotions, but what happens physiologically in our organs, in our cells, in our very molecular makeup when we go to the place where we belong. I don’t mean [...]

2013 April

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. No, really. (With music by Fleetwood Mac)

2017-01-31T23:15:18-04:00April 17th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Liz has a pile of CDs in her lap and she's rotating the songs, all our favourites, and we’re driving and Fleetwood Mac’s old classic 'Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow' comes on and it's good, it's all so very good. It’s the sort of song that can say a lot at a wedding. In fact, not long after [...]

2013 February

We’re lovers. This is how we fight.

2017-01-31T23:16:45-04:00February 6th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re driving to school and Jon is sitting in front. I figure it’s a good time to talk about man stuff. ‘When you fight,’ I say, ‘don’t rely too much on your big toe.’ Jon is soaking his big toe in a bucket of salt water.  Short of having to cut his big toe off (Jon looked [...]