Froese family history

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 [...]

2014 January

Hannah gets The Story

2017-07-19T20:02:56-04:00January 10th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |15 Comments

It’s just past 6 in the morning and Hannah is eating her toast and yoghurt, and from behind her I put my one hand on her shoulder, and then my other hand on her head, and I throw my own head back and then in a sort of bellowing loud voice I start into it all. “And [...]

2013 May

Tim Bosma’s funeral II – What do we tell the children?

2017-07-20T00:22:13-04:00May 25th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

It was just my daughter Liz and me in the living room, a quiet moment in the evening when I said to her, ‘I went to Tim Bosma’s funeral.’ Of course, one never knows if there is a right way to talk about this sort of thing with children, about death, about murder, about the [...]

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 March

We’re Mennonite. Which way to Switzerland?

2017-01-31T23:19:05-04:00March 13th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s bedtime. The issue of Catholics and Protestants comes up, like we just dropped into the 16th century. That moves to Mennonites. The kids want to know what Mennonites are all about. We have a Mennonite name and heritage. (You know Friese, Frieselandt, Froese etc.) I figure it's a good time to share some family pride (in [...]

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 [...]