I could say that my wife and I produced a baby during the vast nine months since my last post, but alas this is not the case.
Where have I gone? What am I doing? Why have I seemingly abandoned all that is the blogosphere?
Answers are simple, yet complicated. Simple as I'm still where I've always been, doing next to nothing productive or measurable in any quantitative way, but with two hands and eyes affixed to the latest all consuming social networking sites 24/7.
Complicated? Sure. Since I last worked for the man on August 23, 2007...my life has been a series of mid-life phases. Blogging from September 29, 2008 to October 4, 2009 arguably was one of those phases along with the Shall-I-Go-Right-Back-To Work Phase?, the Back Surgery and Rehab Phase, The Green Phase, The Ultra-Conservative Phase and The Facebook Phase. As a blogger, I've sought validation as a writer, a husband, a father and a human being.
After nearly three years, I'm no longer on the sidelines watching the game of corporate America unfold wishing to charge back onto the field at the first nod from my coach. I'm sitting on a bench far away from the action with my eyes looking up into the stands....
I'm not bitter. I'm not depressed. I'm not angry. I'm simply a stay-at-home parent who happens to be a man. I've volunteered in the classroom and for a few school events. Looking around the kids' school, I'm seeing many others like me (well most don't have a penis, but I can't hold that against them). They've accepted me. I'm not an outsider. I'm not a threat. I'm the dad.
More and more I hear "How fortunate are you to be able to be involved in your kids' lives?" So true. The triplets turn six in June. Brenna turns twelve in 10 days. Activities abound including T-Ball for Alec and Julia, dance for Vivian and Brenna, and piano for Brenna. Brenna recently finished her school play where she played "Mrs. Potts" in the Broadway Jr. version of "Beauty and the Beast."
Oh, and I guess that remark in the first paragraph isn't completely accurate. We do have a new baby. Her name is "Gigi" and she's a beautiful black standard poodle...doodle.