the school run

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 February

Don’t read. Don’t feel. Don’t think. (And DON’T tell the kids.)

2017-07-18T01:21:34+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

You never know what might happen when you pick up a book, even a book that has sat on your bookshelf for years like an old bottle of wine aged good and long for just the right moment. Such a book might even wake somebody up. That is the beauty of books, of course, their [...]

2015 March

Big dogs, trouble, and the Balm of Gilead

2017-07-18T02:36:17+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

It was last evening. “Dad,” she said. “Can I hold the leash?” “No.” “Please,” she said. “No.” Zack, our big-as-a house German Shepherd, has been a little disobedient on his walks lately, chasing the monkeys and whatnot. Liz wouldn’t be able to hold him. “Zack has given even Mum a hard time lately,” I said. “You [...]

2014 November

Heaven. Sainthood. Mister Bubbles

2017-07-18T17:47:34+00:00 November 7th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Liz pulled out an old Bryan Adams CD on the school run this morning and the song Heaven came on and she liked it so much she played it again and pretended to sing it to Mister Bubbles, that is her cat. Huh. Once at the school, a friend came and sat for morning coffee. [...]

2014 March

The joy of singleness. (Or … Ahhh, the single life. No vomit bag today)

2017-07-19T01:32:09+00:00 March 25th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

My daughter vomited on the way to school yesterday morning. This, of course, is the sort of thing that makes any parent’s heart go pitter-patter, thump-thump, yes, one of the golden moments of any dad’s day. In our family, on what is a rather onerous school-run every weekday morning, vomiting, in fact, is sort of shared [...]

2014 March

Eat. Pray. Drive.

2017-01-31T23:18:41+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Once there was a dad who, every morning on the way to school, would pray for safety on the road. He was in a foreign country and the driving was the most dangerous part. Sometimes he’d even pray at other times of the day, ‘God, just keep me alive in this place for the sake [...]

2014 January

Captain Underpants and three pretty ladies

2017-07-19T19:59:53+00:00 January 24th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Me: “Good morning Captain Underpants!” Kid 1: “Morning Dad.” Kiss. ++ Me: “Hey Little Lady!” Kid 2: “Hi Dad.” Neck snuggle. ++ Me: “Good morning Pretty Girl!” Kid 3: “Uhhh.” Kiss (attempt). ++ Me: “Babe, you’re such a better surgeon that I am. Any way you could fix my watch band with some Crazy Glue?” [...]

2014 January

Anaphylactic horror stories, responsibility, and little Elodie Glover

2017-07-19T20:00:31+00:00 January 21st, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

So the kids’ school, an international school in Kampala, has after-school clubs. They’re very handy to give Mom or Dad a bit of extra time to finish one chore or another before kid pick-up and that 45-minute drive home through the (ugh) Kampala traffic. Yes, the clubs are life-savers. Not. Take the baking club. My [...]