I dream of retirement, a time when financial earning seems less necessary and the vain pursuits of glory have passed. There’s a long way to go still, but those greener pastures sit in my mind. I will always work when that time comes. In fact, I know what those three retirement jobs are already… Usher at My Local Baseball Stadium
I’m personally thrilled to participate in two charitable efforts to help children this month because of the incredible impact my daughter Soleil has made in my life. It’s just amazing how love for a child changes you. This love eclipses anything you could possibly know beforehand. For example, I would do anything for Soleil. I would die if it meant she would live, and I’ve never felt that way about anything else. Cliche, but true. It’s just like that.
A flurry of recent business travel caused me to miss a lot of time with this little girl over the spring. It’s always the hardest part of being gone. Perhaps because of her age (1 1/2) or the absences, she insists on enjoying every moment with me. I’m the play guy. The combination makes balancing my work and online life all the more critical. See, I got one shot at this. Just one shot to be Soleil’s Dad.
Sherpa – An official who makes preparations for or assists a government representative or important delegate at a summit meeting or conference. Ten days after the birth of Soleil, I’ve got my father role down pretty well. Be the Sherpa. I had some Dads and nurses share that Dad really doesn’t have a role during the first six months of a child’s life other than cheerleader. Fortunately, I had other friends who suggested be as useful as possible, and one book — Armin Brott’s The New Father — suggests that the Dad take on as many house duties as possible to make Mom’s life easier (thanks to Lauren Vargas) for the book. And so I have taken on that sherpa-esque […]
Words cannot convey the giddy delight that overcomes the soul when you find out that you will soon become a father. You find yourself wanting to sing it to the world, skip down mountains, and watch spring blossoms unfold themselves in the early am light, awed by nature’s amazing ability to regenerate every year. What a precious feeling. For me, it was a dream come true — one I had began to doubt would ever come to pass, especially given Caitlin and I are in our latter thirties. Getting pregnant was not easy for us. But in the end, it happened. I remember when Caitlin let me know the metaphorical game was afoot. We were driving home from Dulles airport […]