What it’s like to grieve a family member you’ve never met

What it’s like to grieve a family member you’ve never met

What it’s like to grieve a family member you’ve never met I quickly learned to hate filling out family trees in grade school. I distinctly remember being a kindergartner and wincing because I could fill out my mother’s side with ease—Grandma here, Aunt there—but when it came to my father’s half, I didn’t know what…

Eating breakfast at diners with my dad is how we say “I love you”

Eating breakfast at diners with my dad is how we say “I love you”

Eating breakfast at diners with my dad is how we say “I love you” I can play one song on the piano. It’s not “Heart and Soul,” or that other song from Big that Tom Hanks plays on the toy store’s floor piano. The only song I can play is “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila…

Father’s Day is another reminder that grief is a lifelong process

Father’s Day is another reminder that grief is a lifelong process

Father’s Day is another reminder that grief is a lifelong process The time on my phone reads 12:00 midnight as the day rolled over to May 11th. It’s my birthday. Any minute now, I expect my phone to alert me by lighting up. Just like every year on this day, I expect a text message,…

My dad wasn’t around much in my childhood, but he is here for me now. That’s worth celebrating, too

My dad wasn’t around much in my childhood, but he is here for me now. That’s worth celebrating, too

My dad wasn’t around much in my childhood, but he is here for me now. That’s worth celebrating, too Father’s Day was a holiday my brother and I never quite celebrated. It merely served as a reminder of our parents’ separation. I have lots of memories from the time my dad was in my life,…

18 last-minute Father’s Day gifts you can get on Amazon

18 last-minute Father’s Day gifts you can get on Amazon

18 last-minute Father’s Day gifts you can get on Amazon Once again, Father’s Day (this year on June 16th) is nearing and many of us are running around like headless chickens for being completely behind on our shopping and wondering how exactly we’re going to express love for our fathers (or father figures) this year.…

How coming out to my dad as queer strengthened our relationship

How coming out to my dad as queer strengthened our relationship

How coming out to my dad as queer strengthened our relationship June is Pride Month and Father’s Day is on June 16th. My dad and I were taking a walk when I came out to him. I’d started with a story—explaining to him that a friend of mine had recently come out—to test his response…

7 fun activities to do with your dad on Father’s Day if he’s impossible to shop for

7 fun activities to do with your dad on Father’s Day if he’s impossible to shop for

7 fun activities to do with your dad on Father’s Day if he’s impossible to shop for Heads up, y’all: It is Father’s Day this weekend, June 16th. Oh, did you forget? Me too. It’s cool, though, because if your dad is anything like mine, he’d rather spend quality time with you on Father’s Day…