It was just before bedtime. I was carrying the Pumpkin Man, his head on my chest, and we were heading into the book room to do our reading and I said something that ended with, "my son." Maybe it was, "do two Hail Marys and three Our Fathers, my son." Probably not though.He said back, "You're my son."I said, "No. You're my son."He said, "You're my son."I said "No. I'm you're daddy, you're my son."He said, "No. You're my son."I said, "Do you mean 'son' like 'son and daddy' or 'sun' like the 'sun that shines outside'."He leaned back and looked at me and said, "The sun … [Read more...]
Before I was born, my parents lived in Charleston, S.C. Dad flew C-141s there, and they had a boat and several sets of wooden water skis. Dad would go waterskiing, doing slalom. Mom would drive the boat. Then, they'd switch places, and he'd pull her on a pair of skis.A few years later, I came along, and two years after that, my little brother. We never got to live in Charleston, but every summer, we'd get together for a week with two other couples my folks knew from the Air Force, and we'd spend a week on a lake in South Carolina or Alabama skiing and fishing. I was always amazed to watch … [Read more...]
Blooming onions, beat-up red Jeeps, and baseball lineups are all part of our conversation with father and son Bill and Willie Geist, TV personalities and authors of the new book, Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have. We also talk about the challenges of being a good dad while pursuing a TV career, the changing media portrayal of dads, and life with a family in New York City.
Bill Geist is the beloved, award-winning, long-time special correspondent for "CBS: Sunday Morning," whose debut Little League Confidential was … [Read more...]
For the first time in 11 years, I read the novel, Things Fall Apart. As an English teacher, I honestly feel that each time you read a book, you see different things. Although it has always been a challenging read due to the spousal abuse, this time, I read this book in the mindset of a parent and husband.The protagonist Okonkwo is not the most liked of characters and a poor father at best. This is due in large part to his being influenced by his relationship with his father. In addition, his father is not much of a role model. Everything Okonkwo does is in response to how little he thought … [Read more...]