Archive for June, 2011

Searching, Always Searching

Unbelievably, we are once again looking for an afternoon sitter for Clay—our ninth in the past two-and-a-half years. At least we knew this one was coming. Our current sitter is headed back to college in mid-August, so we have a little more breathing room than normal.

I recognize that I’m letting loose the shriveled, scabby-headed curmudgeon that stomps around inside my head, but as I read through emails on, I just want to offer four pieces of advice to prospective sitters:

1) Try to keep the number of misspellings and typos to less than, say, eight or nine. Per sentence. It just doesn’t inspire confidence, especially if you have a graduate degree.

“i have hade many experience with disable kids.” Read the rest of this entry »


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Dancing Waters

On a Sunday afternoon a few weeks back, Clay was bored and getting agitated, so my wife decided to take him to a petting zoo we used to visit at a nearby farm. A sad collection of arthritic goats and dirty, balding sheep. A few oddly colored rabbits with swollen feet. A guinea pig the size of a small dog. Clearly a trip born of desperation.

Turns out the petting zoo had been closed who knows how many years earlier (possibly by the local Health Department). But then a miracle occurred, proving that good things happen to those who at least take a shot. Read the rest of this entry »

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