The Emergence of Daddy’s Little Girl by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Love Before I became a father, I had often observed that male friends of mine with daughters seemed to have that special relationship with their little girl that was somehow different—a relationship that is hard to describe, but one that is instantly recognizable as unique and beautiful. Their daughters were clearly Daddy’s Little Girls. … Continue reading

A Letter To My Brother by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Best Friends Dear Brother, Every day when I wake up and I come downstairs and see you playing with the blocks or reading books or sitting with Mommy in the rocking chair, I think how lucky I am to have you as a friend. And then I think of how it must be for … Continue reading

Big Plans for Today by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Intentions vs. Goals I had every intention of accomplishing many things today. I intended to have a good day with the kids, but that plan was derailed at five in the morning when I went in to get my son out of his crib and he cried hysterically for his mommy and flopped around … Continue reading

My Parenting Days Are Almost Over. . . But Not Quite by Lick the Fridge

Topic: What the %^&* Is Going On Here? I remember the day well. March of 2010. My wife and I were pushing our one-year-old twins in their single strollers, so as to not have to maneuver the behemoth double stroller through the narrow aisles of the pharmacy. The line was about four deep. The man … Continue reading

I Was Pressured into Writing this Post by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Coincidence I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it. Which is really no big deal. It wouldn’t be the end of the world, and I don’t think anyone but me would have noticed, and if anyone did notice, they most certainly wouldn’t have cared. It’s just a blog. It’s not … Continue reading

Little Black Fly by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Exhaustion I’ve been having a hard time connecting with my daughter lately. She’s two and she’s been sick on and off for the last two weeks and she hasn’t exactly been the most pleasant person to be around. I say that as an observation not as a judgment. It’s not her fault. She might … Continue reading

A Wonderful Joyous Buzz by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Guilt Maybe in twenty-five years I won’t remember. Maybe when I’m retired in the South Pacific on my own personal island, and all I do each day is sit and sip rum out of tall glasses with umbrellas and read stories that people have sent me and write letters to my friends, and when … Continue reading

Attack of the Berkeley Mom by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Entitlement The playground was crowded but peaceful. Nothing was out of the ordinary. Throngs of two and three year olds swung, slid, climbed, pedaled, shoveled and toddled around in an organized sea of chaos. Adults stood by in the wings ready to intervene should intervention be required. “Mommy, look at me”s and “Daddy, I … Continue reading

Welcome Home by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Rain I walk through the corridors of the hospital with a car seat in each hand. In each car seat is one of my children. They balance me. They are three weeks old and they are leaving the NICU. We are coming home as a family for the first time. A NICU nurse and … Continue reading

You’re a Total (Bleep), Dad. Even Jerry Thinks So: A Tragicomedy in One Act by Lick the Fridge

(Topic: Exploitation) Setting: The Jerry Springer Show studio. The year: 2026 Jerry walks down the aisle toward the stage. The musical offerings of Whitesnake, or possibly Ratt, ushers him in. The crowd is on its feet making a general ruckus. Crowd: Jer-Ree! Jer-Ree! Jer-Ree! Jer-Ree! Jer-Ree! Jerry reaches the stage and calms the crowd down. … Continue reading