Archive for the ‘Letters to L.’ Category

Which Means I’m Running Out Of Time

February 17, 2021

Letting go of things isn’t my strong suit, and given how bad I am at it now, sometimes it frightens me how much better I am at it these days than in years past. My current goal is to actually be decent at letting things go before my son hits his official teenager years.

This Knowledge Is Also Helping Him To Understand Current Events As Well

February 16, 2021

One thing my son is starting to learn from history is how often it has been said, “How dare somebody do to us what we did to other people!”.

Today’s Advice For My Son

February 8, 2021

Don’t ever believe it when you are told that stupidity is incurable, son. Stupidity can be cured, it’s just that the cure has to be self-administered.

I Didn’t Say It As Well The First Time Though

February 3, 2021

Today I introduce the phrase “poke the bear” to my son, and did my best to get across that while you generally do not want to poke the bear, if you do poke the bear, be prepared for the bear to act like a bear.

Do You See My Point?

February 2, 2021

Not step on my son’s toes about what he said the other day, but while his point is valid, like I told him, the problem wasn’t the planning per se, but how often things never got out of the planning stage into the actual doing stage.

He Has A Point

February 1, 2021

This year we need to plan less, and do more.

My son, L., age 10

I Think My Son Just Exceeded Me In Cynicism

January 27, 2021

Today out of the blue my son told me, “I’m placing my hopes on that this country pulls itself together soon . . . not my money, but my hopes.”

And Risk Without Reason Is Always Stupid

January 19, 2021

There are times in life when one must absolutely brave the storm, but you must equally absolutely avoid “stupiding the storm.”

And Now I’ve Solved It Three Times

January 6, 2021

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I want to stress that as a kid I lacked the interest and patience needed to solve the Rubik’s cube, so my solving it as a demonstration for my son was literally the first time I had ever solved it.

It Actually Took Twice As Long As I’d Predicted

January 5, 2021

When I was asked recently what I wanted for the new year, I replied that I wanted greater stability in my personal life. This answer was met with a hint of a sneer and a disdainful, “So you want things predictable and boring?”

This is, of course, not what I want, but what I do want is that when I put my own advice into action regarding my son’s new Rubik’s cube and demonstrate for him that it absolutely can be solved, that my solution remain in place for more than two minutes.

Though to be fair, I did predict that would happen.