Full Circle

It’s 4:30 in the afternoon and Little Foot has just gone down for his afternoon nap. For the past 45 minutes or so, he’s become increasingly fussy - throwing toys and arching his back - a key indicator that he’s tired. Nap time is a bigger fight than it used to be - he pulls …

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Beginning a Garden

Wearing a bright green sweatshirt that's sporting a brown t-rex, Little Foot is stumbling around through dried, crinkled leaves while waving a short, dry stick in the air and giggling uncontrollably. Just in front of him is Thing One who seems only mildly okay with being chased in circles through the yard. I’m watching this …

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Little Wooden Bed

Not entirely sure what time during the night or early morning it must be, I’m watching the tree’s branches gently waving their shadows through the slits of the shutters on the second floor of my parents Houston home. King Ranch and I have made a trip down here for the weekend with Little Foot and …

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Do You Believe in Magic?

It’s approaching 1 in the morning and I still can’t sleep. This pillow is all wrong. I sleep with it every night but for some reason right now, it feels foreign - like I’m back in college sleeping on someone’s futon and they’ve tossed me a couch cushion in lieu of a proper pillow. Little …

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The Weight of Gray

It’s as gray as gray can be outside. The sky hangs heavy in gray. The temperature is hovering around a somewhat breezy, freezing gray. The trees are a bare and skeletal gray. All this grayness has left King Ranch, Little Foot, and I all a bit gloomy-gray ourselves. We bundle up Little Foot into his …

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Happiness and all of Her Friends

“Happiness is a choice.” I’ve seen this quote frequently on social media and the internet in many different forms. Most of them are images which include a picture of a woman standing in lush forestry holding a bouquet of flowers in her hands while the breeze perfectly volumizes her hair. Others are intricate scripted letters …

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The Present Now Will Later Be Past

The freckled forehead of summer has subsided on this early-autumn, sixty-something degree morning as yellow and brown leaves slowly trickle down from the trees. Through our large back window, I’m watching the recently-returned rainbow rooster scratch for bugs underneath the rosebushes. He has a new companion – some black and brown chicken that I haven’t …

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To the Moon and Back

Preface:                                                                                                                                       Little Foot is at that exciting age where he can lift up on to couches and tables and scoot along the edges as he circles making his first few steps. They’re going to happen any day now, I just know it. His little eyes focus on the ground as his wobbly feet quickly lift …

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The River Runs Quickly

It’s 2:00 in the afternoon and Little Foot and I are sitting on the back patio – he in his Little Tikes swing and I on a patio chair. All is hauntingly quiet outside but for the light panting of Thing One and Thing Two sprawled out on the cool concrete below us and the …

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Let It Be, Sway With Me

It is indeed the donkey days of summer here at the ranch. Our grass is a mix of sage, green and crispy, fried onion and the once towering rosebushes that line our yard now look more like roasted cauliflower. The end of every road tempts us with a mirage of rippling water. Even the spiders …

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