Enter the Daddy

Jayna is friends with a girl in our neighborhood whose live-in grandmother is from China and speaks no English. Recently, I walked Jayna over to their house so that she could ask if her friend was able to come out and play.

“Hi,” I said when the grandmother appeared at the screen door. She smiled and made a couple of sounds and gestures that I took to mean that Jayna’s friend was not at home. “Oh, she’s not home? Okay,” I said. The grandmother then made a couple more brief sounds and gestures that I took to mean that she wanted us to check back later. “Okay, maybe we’ll try her again later,” I said. “Thank you!”

As we headed back to our house, my daughter took my hand, looked up at me, and in a positively awestruck tone said, “Daddy, you speak Chinese?

Yes, dear. Yes I do. And also? My kung fu is strong.

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Lest anyone think I’m not a total wild man…

Lest anyone think I'm not a total wild man...
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Among the many things I can’t afford, a new iPhone is one of them. So you can imagine my dismay when… [read the rest]

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There’s a storm brewing … a storm of BLOGGING, that is! Yeah, baby! (Sorry; just trying to manufacture some excitement around here while I figure out what to do next.)

There's a storm brewing ... a storm of BLOGGING, that is! Yeah, baby! (Sorry; just trying to manufacture some excitement around here while I figure out what to do next.)
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Actually, I’m working on my annual letter to my lovely daughter, and there’s a reason why, very early on in this blog’s evolution, I switched from writing my children monthly letters to writing my children yearly letters, and that reason is… [read the rest]

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I’m baaaaa-aaaaack

A few months ago, I was feeling all blogged out … to the point that the thought of abandoning this whole thing crossed my mind on more than one occasion. Fortunately (or, depending on your opinion of my blog, unfortunately), Wonder Woman stepped in and killed that option.

Some serious soul-searching followed, the outcome of which was that I decided it was time to refocus on my dreams and set my sights on a new creative-writing endeavor. At the time, I would not have predicted that the “new” creative-writing endeavor would actually turn out to be the rebirth of a not-so-new creative-writing endeavor: this blog.

It’s been almost three years since I first launched DaddyScratches.com. Back then, and for many months thereafter, I was unbelievably enthusiastic about this site, thrilled about how rewarding it felt to finally have a forum for my writing, and blown away by the support, compliments and encouragement that I received from all of you. Thank you. Really. I mean it. I just … I love you, man. *sniff*

Sorry. I’m very emotional.

Now, where was I? Oh yeah: So, for about a year-and-a-half, I was completely invested in making this blog a success … and it felt effortless because I was enjoying it so much.

And then 2010 came along and kicked the shit out of me, and all of the major life changes that were a part of that year-long ass-whupping pushed this site to the side. So much of my time and energy were required elsewhere that I could not give it the attention I so badly wanted to, and my previous enthusiasm was largely replaced by a constant sense of defeat and frustration over my inability to focus on my blog.

Eventually, that nagging, ever-present sense of defeat and frustration had me feeling as though I had summarily failed at making my blog a success, and that I should just give it up and move on to something else.

Except, here’s the thing: The writing I do here is the writing I most enjoy.

In the wake of that epiphany, I’ve decided to rededicate myself to making this blog a success.

Step one? Fix up this shithole.

It’s been a long time since I liked the way this blog looked, and an even longer time since I liked the way it functioned. And because I am a diva, I need the environment in which I’m performing to be an environment that I actually like.

Most of the 10 months I’ve spent confined to a cubicle at my new day job have consisted of developing WordPress websites, and in the course of doing so, I’ve learned The Right Way to do a great many things. The previous incarnation of this blog was not built The Right Way. This latest incarnation was. Yay, me.

And now that I’ve stayed up until one o’clock in the morning every day for the past three weeks in order to redesign and rebuild this whole place from scratch, I can get back to focusing on writing (with some photography thrown in for good measure). At least, that’s the plan. We’ll see.

Anyway, the moral of the story is: Rejoice, for I have returned.

NOTE: Things might look a little wonky around here for a bit as I work out the final kinks. If something doesn’t look right, just assume that it’s an intentional bit of artistic flair rather than a blatant example of my overwhelming ineptitude.)

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Dad Life

’Nuff said.

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