Human Parts
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Fatherhood

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THIS IS US

Sometimes my mind goes haywire. But crabgrass I can manage.

Crabgrass emerges when your soil temperature reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit for three straight days. You tend to see it first in compacted soil, but when it spreads through your lawn, it boxes out space for itself and settles into thick beds that fight off the grass you planted. Crabgrass roots…

I’ve never embraced the traditional couple form, but I’ve always wanted a family

It’s the day before the due date, and I’m ready. I’ve got all the stuff. I’ve checked lists, confirmed my supplies with external experts, and established an orderly structure in a few storage bins. I’m ready. I’ve prepared for mountaineering expeditions and I’ve moved abroad multiple times. So far, preparing…

How do you describe the life of a child you never knew?

Unfold. Shake. An ant falls to the hot concrete. Fold. Place on the dog-chewed arm of the Adirondack chair. Unfold another. Shake. Two ants. Fold again. Add it to the stack.

I have to repeat it exactly 42 times, and I have to be religious about it. There’s no good…

In a world full of suffering and injustice, I don’t need to ‘give you something to cry about’

I don’t need to “give you something to cry about.” Just look around, there are so many things that demand a good cry. Our planet is melting, there’s injustice and human suffering everywhere you look, and your favorite YouTube couple just announced they’re getting divorced. Go ahead and cry. In…

Preparing for my first child gave me a whole new understanding of the man who raised me

Having never had a child, the thing about parents that’s most impressed me up to now is the “you’re okay” thing they pull off.

I am of course talking about a scenario we’ve all seen some version of. You’re sitting at your friend’s kitchen table, catching up. …

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