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You once made your request. You asked us to please not get married, at least as long as you're still alive. The thing was, I was dying to marry her. To share an excerpt of one of my online ramblings around that time: "I was raised to believe that the ultimate commitment is marriage, symbolized by a wedding. And more importantly, I believe that. I'm doing it for me, for me to be able to give my partner what I believe is the highest form of commitment - vows, rings and all." So, what did I do? I married her because I had to. And, how did I accommodate your wish? We had the most covert wedding in recent memory. No social media announcement, no celebrations of any kind. Any congratulatory message from any of our friends went directly to our phones. Because, no, we can't shout it...
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To the “player” boy who is now the father of a little girl, You were the cool guy back in the day. Handsome, athletic, and popular. You did what you wanted, said what you wanted, and no-one ever checked you. You had girls talking about you, smiling at you, flirting with you. You grabbed them without permission in the halls, smacked their butts, maybe even more. You called some girls names like bitch or slut. You talked about them in the locker rooms, shared personal stories with your boys about what you did the weekend before. You rated some of them on a 1-10 scale. You analyzed their body shapes. You were nice in the beginning to get the girls you wanted to go out with you. You text every morning and night, bought gifts, invited her out to eat or to the game on Fridays. As time...
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I apply for permission to appeal against the decision you have made. The ground of appeal is the following. On the 12 September 2018 I had my first appointment with the district judge in chambers, Maidstone, Kent at 14:00. My Ex submitted a word document with numerous Excuses to cancel the financial order, 99% was dismissed, but the judge latched onto the the MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) comment my ex made. I used my EX MIAM document that was used during out child arrangements order, but before I used it, I send an email to the court asking them if it was acceptable to use, which was sent on the Sent: 14 May 2018 13:27 (Subject: Fw: BV17D05727 - Priority - High Importance) subsequently the order was accepted. If I was informed otherwise, I would have done a separate...
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Motivating kids to love anything but their computer games these days can be really tricky. And, don’t I know it. But, my dear parents out there, it’s also completely possible. Opening the doors of possibilities for your little ones is a truly incredible journey that lets you fall in love with life and the world around you and that lets your kids to find their own interests and put their little minds to work. The process is never-ending, sometimes tiresome and wonderful all the time. Keep in mind that no force or strictness will work if your goal is to motivate children to love learning. It has to be their choice. But, it’s up to you to provide them with the choices and put them in a situation where whatever they choose will make a significant impact on their perception of the world...
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I assure you, most solemnly, that I do not simply write the following words merely to see them tumble out of my head onto a blank page. Rather, I have chosen them, curated them carefully in order to convey successfully to you, the reader, the depth, the breadth, and the scope of Craig Walker's Herculean efforts to help and support his daughter, Marissa. You cannot imagine his sheer determination, his jaw-dropping exertion..., you cannot imagine the time, the effort, the energy, or the money spent. You simply cannot. I have often feared that the extreme effort Craig put forth, receiving little to no support or succor himself, would kill him..., that I would live to see my lifelong friend, my brother, buried. That he has done so Marissa's entire life is even more astounding. Craig is her...
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My Wonderful Wife When I had the massive stroke 31 years ago the doctors and my family wanted to “pull the plug”. My wife of 8 years would have none of it. For the past 31 years she has loved me and cared for me as no one else could. The stroke left me quadriplegic with only slight use of the right arm and hand. I am a big man, 6’3” 200 lbs. Angie is 5’4” and about 115 lbs. She is now 64 years old and still cares for me. She washes me from head to toe. She rolls me over to do my back. Then she dresses me. She transfers me to my wheelchair and after I’m in the chair she will wash my hair. She prepares and feeds me breakfast and dinner, gives me water thru my feeding tube 4 times a day, and gives me my medication throughout the day. On top of this Angie somehow managers to do the...
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2015 my oldest daughter showed my youngest daughter a BTS video. At that time my oldest was a freshman in college, my youngest, a freshman in High School. My oldest daughter has always been into Cosplay, asian culture, Anime and world music. While she happened to like one of BTS' songs and shared it with her sister, she never really became a follower. The difference between my daughters is that my older one found her tribe young, in middle school in fact. So while she suffered all the angst and difficulties most young women do, she had her friends to lean on. My youngest daughter was different. She had friends. But, no one consistent and no one really close. She thrived academically, participated in extra-curricular activities, even made Captain of her school's Colorguard and...
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I am so angry with you. I have displaced anger that is coming out in all parts of my life. I let the lies you projected on to me affect me and I should know better. I am so angry at myself for defending and explaining myself to you again. You always come back to this: how I make you feel stupid, degraded, unintelligent, small, dumb, and lacking just because of who I am. You always call me a smart ass (which would mean I am making sarcastic remarks regarding your intelligence or other personal issues) which I do not. You state I ask too many questions and that makes you angry. When I ask you which ones, you can't answer. When I ask you which statements I have made, you can tell me which one. When I ask for specific behaviors, you can't list one. You have also stated...
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Before BTS, I believed dreams were best strangled before the world could get to them, but after finding Bangtan’s music and learning their story, I couldn’t help but fall in love with all seven members—and the ARMY that rallied around them. Our boys have shattered records and filled trophy cabinets with their genre-defying, thought-provoking, life-changing music—all in a language that many of us can only understand through subtitles. But it was a hard journey to the top, and their fight to be heard reminded me of someone else I love dearly: my younger sister has been a storyteller since she could talk. Over the past decade or so, she’s written several three-hundred-plus page books, with many more in the works: seven fully realized, wildly distinct worlds are fighting to get out of her...
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Dear Grandma, I’ll be honest. I’m heartbroken. I could lie to you and tell you I’m okay, but I’m not, and I’ve been crying since you told me the news. It doesn’t seem real. You were doing so well, and then in the blink of an eye, everything changed. You were walking again and your cancer was responding well to the treatment just a few weeks earlier; you even told me, triumphantly, on the phone that you thought you were going to be walking without any assistance by June. Then, suddenly, on Thursday, you called to tell me that I probably should take off work on Friday because your doctor had some bad news to share with the family. He would tell us what we all had feared — the cancer is no longer responding to the treatment and there are no other good alternatives. Your disease is...
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