Unfit Father

Fifteen Minutes

Published on August 10th, 2017 | by Richard Black

My wife likes to call me from her office to let me know that she’s leaving. More often than not I also get a call about fifteen minutes later because she likes to let me know ... Read More

Unfit Father

Time Served as a SAHD

Published on August 2nd, 2017 | by Richard Black

Let me be clear. I love being a stay at home father, aside of course, from the times I don’t. In a day and age when most parents must have paying gigs to make ends meet ... Read More

Holding Forth

Potty Anyone?

Published on July 28th, 2017 | by Richard Black

A few days ago my wife asked me if I “had to go to the potty?” and I realized that our relationship was in dire straits. Men my age don’t go to the potty. We take ... Read More

Unfit Father

Too Many Fairies

Published on July 12th, 2017 | by Richard Black

My wife just bought our daughter a fairy door for Darcy’s seventh birthday and I was all right with the gift. I really was. I want my daughter to have a magical childhood. I even want ... Read More

Unfit Father

Happy Endings

Published on July 6th, 2017 | by Richard Black

My wife’s uncle passed away a few months ago which wasn’t entirely unexpected. Any time anyone over the age of fifty kicks it I’m not entirely surprised. Don’t get me wrong. I find it incredibly upsetting ... Read More

Unfit Father

Limited Expectations

Published on June 29th, 2017 | by Richard Black

My wife wants my daughter to have a childhood filled with wonder which is great. Depending on the day my daughter wants to be a mermaid, a superhero, a pop star or a dolphin which is ... Read More

Unfit Father

Father’s Day Wishes

Published on June 15th, 2017 | by Richard Black

Father’s day is coming up this Sunday and I’m a little ambivalent about the holiday. It’s not that I don’t like Father’s Day. I’m a fan of any day celebrating the wonderful human being I’ve become ... Read More

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Summer the Way it Used to Be

Published on May 24th, 2017 | by Richard Black

“Summer is coming” I whisper to myself with all of the grim certainty that Eddard Stark mentions the same sentiment about winter in Game of Thrones. With the end of school there will be long hours ... Read More


Marrying Up

Published on May 19th, 2017 | by Richard Black

I’ve learned a few things over the past forty years. The first thing that comes to mind is that it’s usually never “just a rash”. What happens in Vegas might stay in Vegas but what happens ... Read More

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