April 12th

April 12th

I am Tahasi Massk

Today our youngest daughter got a vintage polaroid camera for her birthday. It took a little bit of work, but we managed to find some film for it as well—both color and black and white. Then we were going to go skating, but I had misremembered when the public skating times were. We were wondering what to do, when our daughter asked about old houses. When we were first married we lived in a little town with several lovely old homes, and we would take walks around the neighborhoods looking at the houses and talking about what things we liked about each of them. So, our daughter and I headed south and loved looking in each antique stained-glass window, and backyard with a gazebo. She took her first pictures of some of the homes with black and white film. It was fun to see just how much of her mother our not so little girl has in her.

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April 11th

April 11th

I am Tahasi Massk

Today was one of those spring days that surprise you with their beauty. It normally doesn’t ever remain this nice all the way through April. Cold and warm fronts battle for supremacy in the month, but that is part of the allure of spring. Today temperatures were in the 70’s and two days from now it is supposed to snow. Variety is spice of life.

April 10th

April 10th

I am Tahasi Massk

Being able to struggle is one of the great gifts of life, because eventually everything that seems like struggle is just building strength. Lifting weights, building endurance, learning hard concepts all make us more competent in the long run. The trick is seeing struggle that way when we are in the middle of it!

April 9th

April 9th

I am Tahasi Massk

The weather is warming up beautifully this week! It was nice enough for us to ride for a while together in the afternoon sunshine. As I have been listening to lots of books about happiness, I am struck with how exercise plays a role in determining everything from health to happiness. And getting to be outside exercising with her is one of my favorite things.

April 8th

April 8th

I am Tahasi Massk

I look forward to the times when all of our children are together. We laugh, we eat, we play games, and we make memories. Sundays are especially fun when our married daughter and her husband come over. Dinner entertainment nearly always means everyone starts laughing out loud as we tell stories and share memories. It is a time for bonding and togetherness that I cherish. I am so grateful for the family that we have created together.

April 4th

April 4th

I am Tahasi Massk

Nothing is a comforting as having a soulmate to share in the joys and the struggles of life. To find such a person is a joy. But I think this almost never happens, or at least not often. Virtually all of the happy couples I have known developed into soulmates rather than finding them. And they kept working to stay soulmated. Love isn’t rite of passage, but a daily ritual.

August 3rd

April 3rd

I am Tahasi Massk

This week is spring break for some of our children. One daughter spent all day yesterday cranking through almost an entire term of schoolwork for an online class, while another daughter went to help with the Shakespeare class. Today we all went to help our oldest daughter get ready for some guests who are coming to visit. Seeing their little apartment brought back happy memories of when we had even less. People incorrectly assume that having very few possessions limits happiness. I think that most newly married couples would argue that quite the opposite is true. A home’s happiness is more about who is in it than what.

April 2nd

April 2nd

I am Tahasi Massk

She loves working with her class to help them love Shakespeare. I love seeing how much of a difference those efforts make. Providing each student the opportunity to see different plays, and finding various ways to teach the plays better is really just a natural extension of her natural gift for taking things and making them even better.

April 1st

April 1st

I am Tahasi Massk

Today was a wonderful day. We had all of our children together this morning searching for their Easter baskets by following their own personalized set of rhymed clues. Seeing them solving their own puzzles and helping each other with their search. We also found ourselves laughing at silly antics during some rather serious messages, but I think that is part of the joy of being together. I love the we can laugh in the middle of anything. That we don’t buy into the idea that we can’t laugh unless everything has ultimately neatly tied itself up into an appropriate moment for humor. ‘These things are fun, and fun is good.’

March 31st

March 31st

I am Tahasi Massk

We are a great team! I love making the Easter hunt clues each year, and she does an amazing job of getting little things to fill their baskets with. I feel lucky that we each are so talented. Everything really works out so well when we can each put our talents to use in ways that merge. I was also grateful that she pushed through, in spite of feeling seriously under the weather.