A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Wanted: Guide dog for an elephant
Tuesday, 1 Feb, 2011 – 13:07 | Comments Off
Wanted: Guide dog for an elephant

The loveys tend to reappear when the guys are in the middle of uncertainty, such as the current chaos of knowing their dad will be back sometime sooner rather than later but not knowing exactly …

Suddenly, Bear comes back
Wednesday, 10 Nov, 2010 – 11:34 | Comments Off
Suddenly, Bear comes back

It’s hard to keep track of the loveys without a scorecard these days.
There’s the always-present El – er, make that the “mostly present” El. Boots’ beloved but tattered friend did leave a few weeks ago …

Lovey’s leaving?
Friday, 22 Oct, 2010 – 13:46 | 3 Comments
Lovey’s leaving?

“Mom, I need you to take a picture of El and me tomorrow morning,” Boots said right before bedtime last night. “No, take two of them. One for him, and one for me.”
OK, I said. …

Lovey lost – and found
Wednesday, 20 Oct, 2010 – 12:05 | Comments Off
Lovey lost – and found

He has little tiny black eyes about this big, Boots explained, holding his thumb and index finger about a quarter inch apart. He’s about this tall, he continued, stretching his arms to span a foot …

A bear’s well-earned retirement
Wednesday, 25 Mar, 2009 – 11:37 | Comments Off
A bear’s well-earned retirement

Big Guy probably had been pondering the move since Bear’s disastrous visit to kindergarten but, just like his mom who left for lunch one day in a clunker and came back to the office with …

Learning that the world doesn’t love Bear
Wednesday, 11 Feb, 2009 – 11:36 | One Comment
Learning that the world doesn’t love Bear

It was supposed to be a glorious day for Bear, his chance to venture into the glorious world of kindergarten.
He’d been with Big Guy for years at preschool until El’s beastily behavior caused the teachers …

Big Guy works through it with Bear
Monday, 29 Sep, 2008 – 1:03 | Comments Off
Big Guy works through it with Bear

Bear and El, in a rare family portrait
I knew Bear was more than a plaything the day we forgot him and 1-year-old Big Guy was forced to navigate day care alone.
He cried when I left …

Little Guy and lovey obsession
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 18:38 | Comments Off

Some kids easily give up their blankies, lovies, whatever. I was that type, heartlessly abandoning blanky around age 3 or 4.

There are others who hold on until the object of the obsession is in so many shreds that continued cuddling is impossible. My older brother falls into that category. I think the last shards of his blanky went on his honeymoon.

Seems that Little Guy has