Last summer we taught our kids how to cook. This summer, I’m teaching them how to clean. We’ve been away from home for four weeks. We camped, we visited family in Georgia and Florida, we vacationed on a Gulf beach, and the kids and I traveled north to Charlottesville to visit my childhood girlfriends and … Continue reading 2014: Our summer of housekeeping training
Wet socks Wet toes Tangled hair Muddy shoes Bad coffee Drizzle Rain Gritty eyes Happy son. First of all, let me just say that teachers are saints. If you have a child, or even if you don’t, I’d like you to please take a moment to silently applaud the teachers who are taking care of … Continue reading Chaperoning the fourth grade field trip to Jamestown, Virginia
Several months ago, I discovered podcasts. The shows made cleaning day tolerable, as I’d prop my phone on counter tops and listen to Jeff and Rebecca talk books while I scrubbed sinks, or Terry Gross interview Stephen King as I swept the kitchen floor. I found the access to new information so exciting, I began … Continue reading The best podcasts on the – airwaves?
One of the crappy things about being young when you go to college is that you don’t have a clue what you want to do with your life. Not really. You’re 18 years old, still a kid, dedicating four years and tens of thousands of dollars to a path that, eh, it sounded good at … Continue reading I wish I’d have known
There are few things as gratifying as fresh vacuum marks on carpet. I don’t need them to be evenly spaced or perfectly parallel, but I do love to see those neat rows, like a freshly mowed lawn, where just seconds before there were footprints and dried play dough and leaf detritus from outside. The best … Continue reading All the picture frames in our house are crooked
“Hey bro, guess what your niece wants to be when she grows up?” My brother is a Key West trained chef and restaurateur who owns Smith’s Coastal Grill, a successful restaurant that fuses coastal Georgia, deep South, and Carribbean cuisines in small-town Eatonton, Georgia. “What?” he said. I grinned. “She wants to be a chef.” … Continue reading 2013: Our summer of culinary training