Author Archives: Justin

Move II: Coda.

  [So much for solemn oaths. Oh well. The following is a piece I started two months ago, the third and final post on our second move. Here’s to better timeliness in the future.] Since they came home from the NICU in the last few days of 2010, the twins had never been very far […]

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Move II: What about the children?

  In the days leading up to our exodus from Chicago, a change came upon Emmeline. While Jack zipped through the mounting moving boxes that threatened to overrun our apartment, seemingly unaware of their significance, Emme clearly knew that something was going on. Her mood darkened. The bubbly personality that charmed all-comers was eclipsed by […]

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Move II: Move Harder.

  In the Great Move of December 2012, we only had about six weeks between my acceptance of and my first day at a new job in Arkansas. In that time, we had to pack all of our belongings—with Lara doing 90% of it because I’m either “meticulous” or “slow,” take your pick—hire cross-country movers, […]

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The Accidental Bully.

  I’ve written about sibling violence several times over the last two years or so, and Lara just mentioned it in her recent State of the Union. But we’ve started to see a new level of it over the past weeks, and it’s becoming a bit more one-sided. Having the Y chromosome and the testosterone […]

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Civilized.

  Everyone knows that the Fletchtower household is the pinnacle of culture and refinement. But you may not know that we’ve started instilling that same sense of noblesse oblige into Jack and Emme. Scoffing at their misnamed high chairs (which actually sit on the ground), brother and sister have been taking their meals at the […]

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