Smells Like Teen Spirit In Here

Can you believe it has been 10 years since I first started this blog? 10 years since I started documenting my life as a Dad. Well it’s time I checked in on myself and what better time than when my oldest child just turned 13!

Yep, if the title didn’t give it away, I now have an official eye rolling and always ready to eat all the groceries teen. To be fair he doesn’t so much roll his eyes as he just puts up with my attempts at humour.

It’s a new chapter, or dare I say, a new book of parenting that I am writing/living IRL as they say. We survived the terrible twos. The actually more terrible threes. Whatever was in between five and seven was a blur and then the pre-teen angst that seemed so cute and easy to manage. You know, when your kid thinks they have it so bad. That’s when I was eye rolling a bit.

But now. The unknown for us. I think I would have more success understanding the Metaverse at this point.

All I have to go on is remembering what life was like when I was 13. Fire up the microfiche machine.

Now I would definitely say our 13 year old has a lot of similarities to me at that age. Like me he’s super tall, super hungry and super helpful. But that only gets me so far when understanding how to be the parent of a teen in 2022.

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Kawhi’s ‘The Shot’ Feels like it was 5 Years ago

Kawhi's shot

As we slowly navigate 2021, any joyful memory of recent years can provide a small moment where you forget the present. That’s what the 2-year anniversary of Kawhi’s Leonard’s series-clinching buzzer beater did for me this week.

Oddly enough, on the day I took the most important ‘shot’ of my life, I was reminded that Wednesday, May 19th, would be two years since every basketball fan held their breath as a ball bounced around the rim four times.

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