Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 25 – Wait. There’s More!

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    Helen Keller once said, “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” What I came to understand that summer of healing is that lessons knock on our door every day. And many of…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 24 – Snoopin’ in Mom’s Purse

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    The week following my mom’s funeral, after my brothers had gone back to either college or their jobs, my dad and I were left alone to deal with the realities of being in a home that had no…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 23 – Dear Glady…

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    My mom’s closest friend was Glady. They met at church when they were both thirteen years old, became instant best friends, and remained so until the day my mom died. Their lives took them in different directions after…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 22 – I Hate You, Donny Osmond

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    With four older brothers, I rarely received any new clothes. My closet was full of hand-me-downs. Actually, because two of those brothers were twins, I often had duplicates of everything. Two blue blazers. Two pairs of penny loafers.…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 21 – But I Want a Puppy!

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    My fifth birthday was outstanding. For starters, my parents had a party for me—my first—and invited all the neighborhood kids. At the drugstore we bought invitations that had cowboys and horses on them, and I watched with jubilation…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 20 – I’d Rather Be the Jackson Five

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    On the first day of kindergarten, my teacher, Mrs. Newkirk, walked around the classroom and gave each of us fresh-faced five-year-olds a sheet of paper with a mimeographed image of a storybook house—complete with swirly smoke coming out…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 19 – Whipped Cream Wonders

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    My brother Mick invented the game. It was something we played only during the summer. We played it at our cabin. It was a game we’d enjoy once the sun had set, while our parents sat outside on…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 18 – Camp Songs

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    My parents never sent me to camp. But then again, very few kids where I grew up went to a bona fide camp. The closest I came to attending camp was the summer between my sophomore and junior…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 17 – I Wish They All Could Be California Girls

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    Could life be any better for a teenage boy from Nebraska than to spend a couple of weeks each summer hanging out with his relatives in California? I got to do that every year from the age of…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 16 – Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Life Goes On

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    It was the second or third week in May. I was forty. My brother Kevin was forty-six. It was a day like most days except this was one of the last days Kevin lived. And I had the…

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