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FATHER’S DAY

June 19th, 2011

As Father’s Day draws to a close, I’m reflecting on, and thankful of, my father. I was looking for a father’s day cards for him, and finding far too many celebrating a stereotypical inability to cook, the pride of the barbeque, and an infatuation with sports; none of these really fit him (or me) except that he’s great with a steak and excellent with salmon. So I wrote my own card. The image at right is of him last summer, on a family camping trip.

I am not a biological father, but 50 percent of the time I get to play one on TV. That doesn’t mean I have any fewer responsibilities; I’m sure there are many step-parents, or divorced parents, who could nod in agreement. Parenting seems to be easy, but being a good parent is an incredible amount of work requiring commitment and unconditional love. I strive to be good.

Getting to know T was fairly easy, as he’s a great kid, but becoming part of his life was a little more complicated. I’m reposting my “instant parent” video as a reflection of this. It’s a couple years old now which, in kid-terms, is forever. I’m throwing in a few pix of that “forever” time; I hope to make the time for a second Instant Parent video. You really do learn a lot about yourself, from your kids.

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, biological or otherwise.

The Instant Parent

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG BOY

June 1st, 2011

Tim Matsui portraitWhile in San Francisco for my aunt’s memorial service (she died just shy of her 61st birthday), I looked through old albums my uncle and my mom pulled out for the service.

I don’t know who shot this one, but I had to make a copy of it.

Me, somewhere between five and seven years.

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