Archive for the ‘Blackbird’ Category

Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

A jack-o-lantern of Totoro's face, sitting on a table covered with implements for carving. Blackbird leans on the table behind the pumpkin.

One of Blackbird’s favorites adorns her jack-o-lantern this year.

Blackbird: 2 Years

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

“Froggy, Daddy. See froggy?” (froggy is a lawn sculpture in the neighborhood)

“Um, I’m not sure, sweetie. Where is the froggy?”

“Might be down the street?”

That, in a nutshell, is how things have changed since one year ago. Blackbird is no longer a little mystery. She’s a little girl. She has opinions, preferences, thoughts, and observations. All of which she can communicate. And act on.

Let’s look back over the last year.


Blackbird at the Park

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Blackbird, wearing a red coat, walks along a mosaic wall of animals in the jungle, and touches it with her right hand.

Blackbird at the Beach – A Tale in 4 Pictures

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Not a fan of the ocean waves. Big fan of the sand.


That’s My Girl

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Blackbird with a bag on her head and a kitchen implement in her hand.

Show ’em what you got, kiddo. Nothing can stop you.

Blackbird Rising

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Just remember, when she comes barreling through your town…


Blackbird: 1 Year +

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

One year. It’s really not that much, even in one person’s life. There are whole years in my own life from which I probably couldn’t recall one clear moment. And yet, when I look at Blackbird, I am stunned at what one year has brought.

Can it have been so little time? Can that little span of time have been so vast? Has this past year* been a good one? Is she happy? Who is she? Is this her that I’m beginning to see? Am I seeing Blackbird, or am I seeing myself through her?

Am I happy? Would the me of a year ago see this as happiness? Or am I a different person for whom the old definitions no longer apply? Has she changed me or have I changed myself for her?

After one year, I couldn’t say for sure. But this isn’t about me, so let’s look at Blackbird.


Blackbird: 9, 10 & 11 Months

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

An important date has come and gone: Blackbird has now, officially, spent more time kicking around the outside world, learning and developing, than she did chillin’ in the womb, wedging her little butt into mom’s pelvis.

But another date, a very auspicious date, has also arrived. With little ceremony, but great fanfare, Blackbird crossed the threshold and asserted herself on the world. Her power of self-determination is now manifest. Behold! Blackbird can stand up.


No Foolin’

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Now that I’m a father, I’m taking the long view into account and thinking a lot about how decisions I make now will play out when my daughter is older. Decisions that have long-term effects now have a dual layering I try to be mindful of: one layer is the effect on my life and the other is how it will be interpreted by Blackbird and what message(s) it could send.

So, knowing this, I’d like everyone to help me out and start popularizing the following saying:

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you again. Stop doing that. It’s not nice.”

Thanks in advance, everyone.

Blackbird: 8 Months

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Blackbird waved yesterday. Three times. She watched us waving hello or goodbye to her, tentatively lifted her arm, then moved it back and forth with a gentle flex of her fingers. Our eighth month has been about these first steps from helpless baby into able and curious child.