Observations

Dear Little One, Part 2

Below is the second of three “letters” I wrote to Benjamin in the month after we found out Andrea was pregnant. December 9, 2004 Dear Little One, Well, after a whole lotta tests, we are fairly certain you are on your way, and we couldn’t be any happier or excited…or […]

Fixing Home

This evening, after work, I was out playing tee ball with Benjamin and Matthew, trying to get a head start on practice for both them and me.  At one point Matthew insisted on batting without the tee, with me pitching to him.  So, I lined him up at the rubber […]

Manager

It was just an email trying to sort through what I thought, correctly, was a mistake.  Ben needed more time at a tee and Matthew had not played tee ball and they were trying to put them both in the next division. Yes, I had already said to being an […]

Ben’s Super Shop

The day before the Super Bowl, Andrea gave the boys some large pieces of paper and encouraged them to draw signs to cheer on the Giants.  They did and I believe Ben took my excitement to heart as I hung the pictures around the family room (I really loved them…I […]

A Priest and A Baseball Player

On Thursday night I learned of the passing of two men that in both different and similar ways had influenced me when I was a teenager.  One did it from afar and never knew of the impact he was having on a 13 year old, but probably understood the potential […]

Big Blue Memories

The Giants first Super Bowl victory came when I was thirteen and still riding high from the New York Mets World Championship the previous fall. I remember the details so clearly. I remember sitting in the living room of my sisters house during the first half and being nervous about […]

The Kid Knows How to Impress

When Benjamin was about two and potty training, we went to a restaurant for dinner one night.  For whatever reason, our blond waitress really seemed to cath his eye and he intently watched her as she moved about the room.  It was obvious that he was smitten. Finally, when the […]

Christmas Past: Bittersweet Christmas

I wrote this seven years ago…It was just after we discovered that Andrea was pregnant with Benjamin. Christmas was bittersweet. I never thought it possible have joy clash with grief in the manner that it did.  We found out after Christmas Eve Mass that Andy’s grandmother had possibly suffered a […]

Christmas Memories

I’ve said it before…I love Christmas.  It was always magical to me as a kid, but that magic was lost for a while.  Now, as new magic is created through my children, I always think back to my own childhood (and after) memories.  I wrote the below a few years […]