Category Kids

The Brief and Illustrious Career of Frecky

A couple of days ago, Sage and I harvested the first few strawberries from our garden. Most went quietly and unsung to their demise, but one stood out: Frecky. Sage felt the need to name this unusually shaped berry after pointing out that it looked like a character from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, complete […]

The Siren Song of Freedom

Sage recently celebrated his last day of third grade. Although I was a little choked up by the thought of his growing up so fast, he clearly wasn’t. For him, the Siren Song of Freedom played as a brisk and boisterous march. The tune might change mid-summer; if history is any guide, he’ll be ready […]

Soccer Sage

When Sage told me he wanted to join the local soccer club, I have to confess that I was skeptical. So many of his interests had been ephemeral, and I did NOT want to pay $40 for fees and a jersey, only to have the jersey languish dustily in his closet next to the $50 […]

How to Ride a Bear

At a recent visit to Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls, Sage demonstrated his many techniques for effective bear riding. As Sage demonstrated so effectively, sculpted bears are wonderful things. I just hope he doesn’t start getting ideas about the real ones…

Death Sweeps the Floor

I walked into the house after hanging laundry this morning, my eyes full of sunshine and my ears full of birdsong, when I saw Death sweeping the dining room floor. Further inspection revealed that Death was actually my nine-year-old son clad in his Halloween costume. Both startled and relieved, I couldn’t help laughing. Indignant, Sage […]

Go Fly a Kite

Yesterday was the first ideal kite-flying day of the season: sunny, warm, and breezy. Sage availed himself of the opportunity.

A Lull in the Busy Season

The last couple of weeks have been busy ones, especially for Sage: His friend Emery stayed overnight last weekend, and yesterday he had not one but TWO friends over in the morning, a red-letter event as far as he’s concerned. He didn’t waste his time with his friends; some of the highlights include making two […]