Friday, July 3, 2015

The Drive

Caz is off on his first drive with the Driver' Ed instructor.  He and 2 other boys will be taking turns terrorizing the streets of Duxbury for the next couple of hours.  Sure, I have already driven numerous hours with him.  But this is still a notable first.  This is making it real.  My son will be driving soon.  And I thought learning to walk was a game changer.
     This opens up a whole new world.  All new worries.  All new decisions.  All new rules.  We have already talked to him about his friends, who can drive.  We had hypothesized different dangerous and potentially embarrassing scenarios.  We made the verbal contract with him to pick him up, no questions asked, if he calls for a ride home.  You have to have these talks.  More always follow.  And that is a good thing.  If you ignore it, you do so at your own peril.  Nothing should be taboo.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cyber warfare

Demi and I had to have an all too familiar talk with Coco last night.  All too familiar in that we had the same talke with Caz a few years ago.  The day and age of technology is a boon and a curse.  It is way too easy to access inappropriate websites.  But it is also easier to track and audit usage.  It was really through an accident that we noticed Coco was on a very inappropriate website.  He was using his old iPod Touch.  The kids electronice are hooked into an account owned by me in some fashion.  They are not old enough to have their own.  Clearly.
     Coco took the talk well.  He got a bit angry.  But only because he was embarrased.  I don't think he will be surfing the web in that direction anytime soon.  At least he can't hide the iPod out in the woods....

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Bug

My wonderful niece turns 6 today.  Her age was the matter of some debate by my sons and me.  Coco was convinced she was born in 2008.  I don't really know why.  I only know I couldn't convince him otherwise.  He looked rather foolish when he included "Happy 7th" in his signing of the card.....

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Fathers Day 2015

I hope all you Dads out there have a great day.  Thank you Caz & Coco for helping me understand what it means to be a parent.  Thank you to Demi for being my partner in crime.  Thank you also for keeping us at two, so that we can still play man to man defense.....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Best of the Bunch

Caz was presented with a Best of the Bunch Award this morning.  It was a nice event that the school put on.  They had the student cooking class make breakfast treats for the award recipients and their parents.  The emcee then went on to describe how each student still did not know why there were nominated for this award.  They only knew the criteria.  Students are nominated by their teachers for good deed and/or random acts of kindness.  It is the action a person takes when they don't know they are being watched that show their true character.  Caz really redeemed himself from his mishap to start the year.  The person that Demi and I believe him to be, shone through.  We are so proud of him.  I think he is even proud of himself.  He should be.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Green Letter Day

Congrats to Caz on earning his DHS varsity letter in Spring Track.  It was announced at the season wrap banquet tonight.  He was really excited.  And proud.  As well he should be.  Demi and I are very proud of him.  Sure, this is a sports achievement.  It is more than just physcial prowess.  He should some growth mentally and socially.  He competed.  He cared.  He is a great teammate.  
     He is also a great sport.  He went out of his way to shake hands with his competitors.  All of them.  At the end of every race.  He was always the one to approach them.  That is really one of the things of which I am most proud.  Caz is really done well.  Great job, my son.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Decathalon Day Two

From a performance standpoint Day Two did not go well.  But from a personal growth standpoint, Caz won big.  His scrawny frame was not built for shot put.  But he threw it.  Not far, but he gave it all he had.  He made sure he was not going to trip over a hurdle.  He cleared each one by a mile.  He hurt himself in the triple jump.  But even after that, he didn't quit.  He passed on his next two jumps.  But he threw the shot put right after.  He then ran the 1500.  He ran it well too.  Much faster than I could ever have hoped to run it at any age.  He bonded with his teammates.  One graduated.  The others will be senoirs next year.  That is big for a younger kid.  He got a lot out of this.  I hope he understands its and/or realizes is someday.