Who Does Jesher Look Like?

There is a running debate going among Jesher's nurses.  The discussion isn't volatile or abrasive; however, it is spirited.  I personally think they are about one week away from setting the odds and accepting wagers.  The controversy is rising!  The dispute is growing!  At the center of the discourse is Jesher's face and one intriguing [...]

An Empathetic Mother’s Day

"Happy Mother's Day!" greeted the wide-eyed receptionist.  I cringed a bit because I knew her enthusiasm for the day far out-weighed my wife's enthusiasm for the occasion.  "Are you going to hold him as your own personal gift to yourself?" another nurse chimed, matching the eagerness exhibited by the first.  They were both smiling ear-to-ear; [...]

Mama, Me, & The NBA

From my earliest memories, I have always loved the National Basketball Association [NBA].  I can remember rooting for Michael Jordan as he struggled against the "Bad Boy" Pistons.  I remember transitioning from "Air" Jordan to Clyde "the glide" Drexler, wanting him to finally win a championship.  I remember being amazed by the clutch, three-point shooting [...]

Lhorraine’s Prayer Tree

Our bedroom wall is blanketed with color like a forest canopy in mid-autumn.  But the leaves on this tree are not multi-colored due to a drop in temperature.  Although they do reflect a change in season, these neon pieces of paper reflect an internal--versus external--shift in climate.  The sticky-notes that spatter our walls are symbolic [...]

Oh, The Places We’ll Go

"I'm sorry to say, but sadly it's true; bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you."  I get emotional each time Jesher and I reach this point in the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh the Places You'll Go.  Actually, this whole section has a way of sinking deep into my heart.  It's simply too accurate, and when spoken [...]

Bedtime Stories

I read to Jesher every night before leaving the hospital.  At his age (now 30 weeks), it is not clear whether or not he notices; however, I am adamant about maintaining this custom.  Not only will it help me form good habits, but it also helps me get a sweet sample of being a dad.  [...]