Opa Froese

2016 September

Answering the tough questions

2017-04-13T13:47:30+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

The Children’s Mother has returned from Tanzania which means, besides the addition of some fresh flowers in the house, I can focus anew on what it is that I do. When you discover what this is, please tell me. Ah, yes, it’s answering questions. From the kids. Interesting questions. A full-time job, for sure, but [...]

2016 January

The hands of the old and the young

2017-07-18T01:38:28+00:00 January 16th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The last note in this space was that life is a gift and life is a mystery, both clichés and both true. The other truth, as true as the sun rising every morning, is that we're not made to live forever. The children’s Papa, their grandfather on their mother’s side, said this to me right around [...]

2015 October

The boy in the striped pajamas, and a 12-year-old girl

2017-07-18T02:00:42+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

We were sitting around the couch the other evening and Liz, all 12 years of her, like she was pulling it out the empty space around her, said the sort of thing that can linger in a room a lifetime. “You know,” she said. “World War II was just awful.” I suspect she meant that [...]

2015 June

Yesterday’s stories. Grandparents. Beauty deep inside.

2017-01-31T23:17:05+00:00 June 27th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It was a view from a porch or two but there was a third porch I sat on right around the same time, this front porch at home where I grew up, an old manor in Niagara that dates back to the 1870s,  where Opa Froese, that is my father, still lives. It was my [...]

2014 January

The hills are alive with the sound of mystery

2017-07-19T20:01:09+00:00 January 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 May

Going home

2017-01-31T23:18:42+00:00 May 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 [...]