Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) August 13, 1998. Chapter Ten The Cruelest Season The following happened on July 23. If it was bad then, it’s worse now. Three weeks worse. My eight-year old was getting her daily dose of Disney. Aladdin it was, and she watches it every morning. She’s seen each…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) June 26, 1997. Some might wonder why, in this collection of columns dealing with the relationship between my daughter and me, I would have included what is, in essence, an obituary I wrote for my father in the days following his death. I do it because Annie…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) November 27, 1997. Chapter Eight Put That Weirdness Down, Pumpkin … You Don’t Know Where It’s Been   In my heart, I knew the day would come. I’ve dreaded its arrival since my daughter was born. I’ve done everything in my power to discourage it, to delay…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) September 4, 1997. Chapter Seven Multiplication Trouble  … Long-Range Division My daughter started school Tuesday. Your kid most likely started last week because you … most likely… live in the Boise School District. We live in Meridian, and our kids didn’t have to go back until after…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (Boise Weekly, August 21, 1997) under the title “Fair Reality.” I don’t remember why, and I don’t like that title, and I suspect it was re-titled by someone other than me. (Editors can do that, you know. That’s one of the things that makes them editors.) I’m returning it to…

Annie In My Life

” Now We Know Our ABCs, Come and Watch the Soaps With Me” was published (Boise Weekly) June 5, 1997.   Chapter Five Now We Know Our ABCs, Come and Watch the Soaps With Me School’s out. At this very moment, your children are mixing up a pitcher of sugar, tap water, and something out…