Category Archives: Family

Sleeping In

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Photo: Sharon Dominick After a week of working nights, my husband wasn’t in the best frame of mind for this particular question, but I had forgotten to ask it earlier. “Andrew?” I gently prodded the still form beside me. “Mm-hmmm?” he replied, too sleepy to speak. I gently introduced the topic. “Remember how you said […]

Thank You, Dr. Brain

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My youngest daughter is running inside, breathless with excitement. “Daddy, Daddy, the man from Rooms To Burn is here!” I look out the window. Sure enough, a big white bobtail with colorful, happy letters is parked backwards in my driveway. A sort of French-looking guy (no moustache, just kind of short and stocky with a […]

The Great Cake War

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We were finishing our coffee after a late supper at the in-laws and I casually mentioned that we would have to be going soon. Tomorrow’s a school day and I need to get the kids into bed. Suddenly, my mother-in law jumps from her chair and exclaims, “But you didn’t have any cake!” She runs […]

Changing Ronan

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The two pound nappy was dripping with anticipation. I’d been left at home to mind my fourteen-month old son Ronan who was a real handful. My wife had to go and see a relative who lived four hours away. My mum and my mother-in-law were unavailable to monitor me, so this was going to be my […]

Formerly a Mom

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As I sat in my rocking chair not long ago, I vividly recalled scooping a sobbing child into my arms and crooning, “Ohhhh honey, it will be OK.” Somehow that simple phrase miraculously erased anguish and neutralized the cares of the world. Within a minute or two my daughter would jump back into life and […]