He came into our bedroom first at 3:50 this morning. “Is it time?” Then at 4:15. “I’m awake.” Again at 4:35. “Can we just go?” Today was Luke’s first day at school. He could hardly contain himself. We parked downtown, and as we walked to the school, Luke grabbed both of our hands. Not out of nervousness or fear, but with a smile — with pride. The day was finally here, and in we marched. It was as though he […]
It’s the last weekend of this short, fast summer before school starts. By 8 this morning, Luke and I were at Brown’s Bakery for our monthly father-son donut date. By 9, we arrived at Coffee and Cars, our monthly viewing of the coolest cars in Oklahoma City. Before 10 we were at a park near Lake Hefner, sliding and swinging. At 10:30, we met Lauren for Luke’s last swim lesson of the summer. By noon, we were having cheeseburgers with […]
The Carolina Chocolate Drops occupy a small but key role in the short life of our little family. Lauren and I saw them in the summer of 2011 in Bartlesville, just as things between us were starting to get real. The next year we saw them again — this time with six-month-old Luke in tow. It was officially his first concert. The band’s principals have gone on to pursue solo careers. Rhiannon Giddens’ powerful vocals have been at the center […]
We have a calendar of events, day camps at the zoo, overnights with the grandparents, getaways to Mount Scott and Omaha and Tulsa. We have movies, play dates, art projects, and Legos. Lord, do we have Legos. We have the Science Museum and the Myriad Gardens. Once a month we have “Coffee & Cars.” We have an inflatable water-slide in the backyard. We have a list of things to learn. How to tie our shoes, how to make our bed, […]
In the summer of 1986, the English band Cutting Crew hit No. 1 in the U.S., with “(I Just) Died in Your Arms.” The song has resurfaced on the “Lego Batman” soundtrack, meaning it’s on heavy-rotation at our house. For me, it has dredged up a small pack of MTV-friendly artists from the era who started on the outskirts, but got a nose under the tent of mainstream radio — Frozen Ghost, Icehouse, The Church, Crowded House, Rhythm Corps, and […]
Facebook is such a tease. A year ago we spent the entire month of July in Santa Fe. We hiked in the cool mountains, ate guacamole and green chile, and saw the vivid colors of the sky, the plants and the people, every day. And now, Facebook is posting daily memories of our time there, postcards of our long, lost month in the oasis. Cue the soundtrack.
For some guys, when the family leaves town for a few days it’s an excuse to golf all day, hit the town, or stay up late watching “NFL Classic.” For me, it’s an excuse to take old clothes and toys to Goodwill, practice yoga every day, read in a quiet house, listen to music a little too loudly, and go to a baseball game. Also, I’ve had Guatemalan for lunch for two days straight. I’m crazy like that.
If there was an award for “Quirkiest Small Town in Oklahoma,” Pauls Valley would surely be a nominee. It’s Ground Zero for “Okie Noodling,” Brad Beesley’s award-winning documentary about fishing by hand for catfish. It’s home to the Toy & Action Figure Museum, the creation of Kevin Stark — artist, glam rocker, toy and comic book collector, and pied piper for town creatives. And tonight we made the trek for Fifth Friday, the quarterly art walk, featuring belly dancers, a […]
We started playing DJ about halfway home from Omaha today, each of us taking turns deciding the next song. It lasted all the way home. Or at least until Luke fell asleep around Guthrie. (I think my brief foray into Harry Belafonte did him in.) The set list included Richie Valens, Bob Marley, Sly and the Family Stone, the Ohio Players, DJ Dazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Lyle Lovett, Prince and the theme song from “Lego Batman” — approximately […]
Almost every year, Father’s Day falls on the first Sunday of the College World Series. It’s a perfect setting, really, with fathers and children scattered under the sun throughout the stadium, watching America’s pastime. Although I hate to miss the day with my dad, it’s a bonus to be here with Luke, him bounding out of bed at 6:30 this morning to give me a T-shirt with a U.S. flag on it. “It’s a Grand Old Flag for a Grand […]