Fourteen years old?!?! Wasn’t it just last week that they started preschool and I held their hand as we walked into the building? Sometimes it can be hard to be a father because I still view Lilith as my cute little kid that would stand in front of me and demand, “Pick me up!” – but they are not that little kid anymore. Lilith is a strong, smart, beautiful young adult that is finding their way in the world.
I may miss my baby needing me as much, but they still allow me to make them pasta and tuck them in at night so maybe there’s a part of them that will always be my little kid at heart. I can feel how much Lilith loves me, and I am confident that they know that I will always be there for them.
I will cherish these moments forever, and I look forward to growing with them. I couldn’t be prouder of Lilith and I will forever love them infinity!
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As much time that we spend together as a family, things have been so hectic that we don’t have as much “Dad and Kiddo” time as we used to. I truly miss carrying Lilith my shoulders all the time while we’d laugh about dumb shit. As Lilith has gotten older, they have started to grow a bit distant – as teenagers do – so the moments that we share now become even more important to me. Sometimes, I miss my little kid and I hope they know how much I love them and that I would do anything for them.
This is one of my favorite memories of the year because we were just sitting together enjoying each other’s company, laughing and joking around.
A cluster of sugared carnations with strawberry juice, sweet patchouli, and lush red labdanum.
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What should a father do when his baby begs him to let them give them a makeover? You sit down and become beautiful. I was attempting to watch a Seahawks game (ignore the baseball on the TV, it was a commercial) and Lilith kept taking my glasses off to apply makeup on my eyes – but that meant that I couldn’t watch the game. Every time I turned to see what happened, I would get a sharp command, “DAD! Look at me.”
Let me tell you, if that is not love, I don’t know what is. Plus, Lilith made me look extra fancy.
Earl Grey tea, honey, heavy cream, and toasted marshmallows.
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Sometimes being a dad is not just caring about your human child. Maggie is less than a year old and she has been in and out of the ER five times. She had a botched spay that resulted in her getting an infection that needed emergency surgery, and before that she almost died when she got a cut near her neck and was shooting blood everywhere. (I still have the bloodstained shirt to prove it!)
She is the sweetest disaster dog ever and she is my baby and I love her lots and lots.
Chocolate honey cakes with hazelnut and ripe figs.
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I took this photo of Lilith while we were sitting by Donna and Jeff’s pool, and Lilith was talking about how excited they were to finally go to high school and how this year is going to be a great experience. It was a wonderful moment of just us being together and knowing that we love each other and are always there to support each other. I love them infinity.
Blooming peonies, Moroccan jasmine, vanilla tea, and lavender reflected in a glimmer of blue musk.
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As is our tradition, Beth takes a photo of me walking with Lilith on their first day of school. This photo is special because it is one of the first ones taken at our new home in Philadelphia, and though it wasn’t taken on the first day of school, it was snapped on one of the first days of high school. Lilith was so excited and nervous to start and we kept telling them that they will do great and will meet lots of new people and love the school.
They came home so happy, and had tons of stories of new friends and how much they love high school.
Not shown in this photo are the two boxes of donuts that Beth got (as bribes?) for the faculty.
Glazed donuts, chocolate frosted donuts, and maple bars.
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One day at the Happiest Place on Earth, we were approached by this policeman who said that we did not look happy and that is not allowed here. We joked with him for a few minutes about wearing all black when Lilith said something about Magic Mountain. The cop got all upset and pulled out his ticket book and proceeded to write Lilith a joke ticket for the heinous crime of mentioning another amusement park on sacred grounds.
It was the funniest moment and it just made our day.
Caramel corn, cotton candy, and a pop of cola fizz.
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The ancestral Barrial coat of arms just says “Classy” in Latin.
Frozen strawberries with a jolt of sugar syrup.
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Conversations with Lilith-
Lilith: You know what colors I want to paint my bedroom? I want to paint it white and tan.
Dad: White and tan? Why?
Lilith: Because those are pretty colors and it would look great.
Dad: I don’t know about that.
Lilith: What color would you want to paint it?
Dad: How about black and red?
Lilith: Oh dad, you are so EMO.
This perfume is SO EMO. A pale, melancholy blend full of feels: white amber and oakmoss, bittersweet labdanum, ambergris accord, white tea, white lavender bud, guaiac wood, and carrot seed.