Monthly Archives: April 2011

I have a Guest

Hello everyone (yes, the teeming millions that read this blog). Today, I have a guest. She is another poor soul who thought, “Oh look, my marriage is going down the drain, ow, ow, it hurts, I don’t know what to … Continue reading

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Where did all the sleep go?

It’s 1:30am and I am being picked up at 7:00am to drive in to work with a colleague. Yet I lie here in bed (*without* using my iPhone until now; it’s a tool not a toy) tossing and turning. I’m … Continue reading

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It’s a modern world, and it ends by e-mail

Most mornings, my wife gets up before me. (For anyone new to the blog, she has moved into the spacious bedroom suite, leaving me alone in the upstairs master bedroom). She sees the girls and puts them on the school … Continue reading

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If I don’t tell anyone, it isn’t real, right?

Little Charlotte lay in bed tonight, spent. The third night in a row of tears and, tonight, tantrums. I tucked her in as I normally do. Again, I wondered why I think of her as “little.” OK, so she’s the … Continue reading

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Returning from vacation to the Real World. You know, the one with Sad Stuff.

The girls had a very easy and comfortable drive back from Ocean City. The minivan has a DVD player and so the kids spent some of the time watching a teen movie. I only let them spend some of the … Continue reading

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The partial-family vacation is almost at an end

Saturday evening. Every prior vacation, with one special exception, has been a full-family affair. My wife, me, and all of the girls. Tonight, we are wrapping up the first ‘partial-family’ vacation. My oldest daughter is finishing up her college/university year, … Continue reading

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The partial-family vacation continues

Friday. Our hotel room is 11 floors up, overlooking over the Atlantic ocean. As I sit on the balcony and peck away on the laptop, the small waves crash on the beach with a familiarly insistent sound. Smells can instantly … Continue reading

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For the first time, it’s just me and the girls on vacation

Thursday. Except for one vacation back to England, when my wife took Brigitte and Charlotte to see their sick grandfather, every other vacation until now has been a family affair. The five of us (or more if any of my … Continue reading

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Facing up to the new reality, IF it’s a reality

Wednesday. Over the last few weeks, the whole family has been involved in different aspects of house sale preparation. There is no certainty that a house sale will happen, but some separation scenarios could force the sale. So we prepare … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Daughter

Tuesday evening. My hopelessly disorganized and sensitive little prodigy, Amélie, asked me to visit her. Not so long ago, she was very upset about the problems at home and considering not returning home for the summer after completing her first … Continue reading

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