To My (Almost) Teenager: A Quick Pit Stop

To My (Almost) Teenager:  A Quick Pit Stop
Hey Buddy, So, we’re coming up on your 13th birthday.  Do you believe it?  You’re going to be a teenager.  Time is flashing by like a race car.  I thought we could take a quick pit stop and talk about where we are, how far we’ve come, and our goals and plans for the future. ...

The Trail

26. November 2016 blog posts, Mr. Bacon 5
The Trail
Walk with me, son.  This trail is so beautiful.  There is so much I want to show you;  so much I want to teach you.  I can’t wait to get started.  You’re tiny.  I’ll carry you.  It will be O.K. Look at all the trees.  The leaves blow and dance in the wind.  The one’s ...

Now We’ve Met. I Really Don’t Like You

10. September 2016 blog posts, Mr. Bacon 1
Now We’ve Met.  I Really Don’t Like You
It’s not that I ever dismissed him.  In my line of work you often see people at their lowest.  I’ve always known he was real.  I’ve always known he was dangerous and sneaky and powerful.  But, if I ever had a brush with him personally, the meeting was brief and unspectacular. Until he grabbed me. ...

He Remembered: A Beautiful Disney Gesture

He Remembered:  A Beautiful Disney Gesture
He remembered.  He was there in 2011 (he was 7).  We had breakfast with the Whinnie the Pooh characters at the Crystal Palace Disney Buffet.  My wife thought he would enjoy it again.  He didn’t seem overly excited about it, but it was a pleasant breakfast.  He fixed himself a plate at the buffet (mostly ...

“Afraid”

“Afraid”
He felt the tickle on the back of his neck; that familiar tickle that made him aware he was dreaming. “Please let this one last,” he silently begged. “I’m scared, Daddy,” Luke whispered. “What if I fall over? What if I can’t stop?” The summer sun peaked through a cloud trying valiantly to burn away ...

In This House…

In This House…
In this house: -Pants are optional. -We praise and reward poop. -Our air freshener of choice is bacon. -Furniture is scattered to allow for more open space for scooters and hoverboards. -The AC is turned on in March because allergies are the enemy. -The bounce, bounce, bounce, of a trampoline is a common sound at ...

A Third Ticket

A Third Ticket
A couple of weeks ago, a new friend asked me how I deal with the uncertainty over what our future holds; how I fight off the fear of not knowing what lies ahead for my son and my family and if he’ll ever be able to live independently. Here is my answer: First of all, ...

My Guide

My Guide
I said recently that I was sent off on this road trip without a map to follow. I was wrong. I had the perfect map: it was with me all along and drawn by the most loving and selfless person I have ever known. All I had to do was follow her example: give myself ...