On Dad’s Watch

Confidence

Confidence

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“What! I’m not good enough!”

What is it about overly cautious women? I mean if you ask a guy, “Hey! That doctor wants to take a lunch break. Would you step in and complete that brain surgery for him?” The dude, who barely graduated high school, would say, “SURE MAN! Hey! Can you wake him up so he can see my tattoo?” Stupidity is often boundless.

Untuckit

Untuckit

So, there we were, on the high school football field, celebrating our son’s graduation. It was heartwarming to watch him hug his pal friends and gal friends. I’d be lying for not disclosing a few tears accompanied thoughts of “where have all the years gone?” As I watch the young men and women disrobing their…

Sales Kick Off

Sales Kick Off

If you work in a sales organization, it’s a good bet you spend a week each year at the annual “kick off.” It’s a multi-day festival, typically lasting from 7am to midnight. By its end, you’re saturated in company spirit and Jack Daniels. While I love the event, I stress from being away from my…

Happy 12th

Happy 12th

Recently, “On Dad’s Watch” entered its 13th year. For kicks, I decided to perform a rudimentary analysis on the archive to get an idea of what I’ve been talking about for over a decade. Here’s how it breaks down.

Those Changing Times

Those Changing Times

Remember the disciplinary tactics you had when your kids were toddlers? I could easily get our daughter in line by threatening to “take her nose.” Our son was a different story. His capacity to defy order was insurmountable, not caring one bit about his nose, despite his belief that I actually had it.

Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams

“It will look nice!…just like a ledge running along the side of the wall,” I pleaded. “It will look STUPID!!!” “How about if we run it along the bottom of the wall where no one will see it?” “It will look even more STUPID!!!” “What if we build out the ledge so it goes up…

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

I love working at home. I’m in complete control over the refrigerator, the TV and the naptime recliner. IT’S THE KIDS I CAN’T CONTROL! I can’t tell you how many times I’m 10 minutes from a meeting, when the frantic text message comes it. “DAD! I FORGOT MY CHROMEBOOK and I NEEEEEEEEEEED IT!!!!!”

The Soaring Seahawk

The Soaring Seahawk

This was a special week for the Malgeri Family. Our son Michael was given the “Soaring Seahawk” award at the annual Cross Country Banquet. It’s an honor given to the Senior who’s demonstrated the most improvement since Freshman year. Naturally, when you enter high school on parole and manage to stay out of jail for…

A Christmas Wish

A Christmas Wish

Dear Children, Tonight we enjoyed the events of Christmas Eve as we do each December. It’s now been several years since you ordered from the kid’s menu at Kincaid’s, opting nowadays for prime rib over chicken strips and fries. Your enthusiasm for the annual screening of Polar Express hasn’t waned, nor has the love for…

Veal Parmigiana

Veal Parmigiana

It was nearly a year ago when I whined about our daughter crushing my culinary fantasy in a story succulently titled, “Chicken Parmigiana.” Recently, I feared this would be an annual event. As the noon hour approached, I was returning from an errand, which separated me from the Styrofoam container preserving the second half of…

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