When Nathan was born, my sister Jenny got excited about being a cool aunt. Clearly, part of what this meant to her was giving cool gifts. Cool, loud gifts. The Cat Remember the Cat in the Hat movie? Not the beloved TV short, but the Mike Myers film nearly no one liked, at least partially […]
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I wonder, and fret some, about how our boys handle the potentially mean streets of their peers. I remember that in my childhood, a lot of it was wrapped up in that idea of “cool.” Hey, that kid doesn’t have cool shoes. Let’s make fun of him for it until he goes somewhere else. Then, let’s make fun of him for running away until he cries. Then, let’s make fun of him for crying.
If you ever visited any of the previous restaurants in this location, you’ll be amazed by the transformation in décor and atmosphere at Las Trojas Cantina in Madison. The enormous light fixtures play against an indirectly-lit ceiling that does a good sky impression. There are whimsical little touches everywhere.
The early years are special. All years of parenthood are special, but there’s something about getting your legs under you as a brand new mom or dad. The genuinely hard jobs are rare early on. Yet there are things that are tougher to understand than they appear. Here are three.
Monster Jam is coming, Rocket City Moms and Dads! Ever been to a monster truck show? The boys and I took in our first one last year and had a blast. Monster trucks have two basic tricks: running and jumping over junked cars and doing doughnuts. That’s not a very big repertoire, but if the […]
Our boys haven’t had much trouble talking to girls. Moreover, they’re mostly receptive when I have something to say about how to do it. I realize that may be a fleeting blessing as my older one pushes deeper into the teen years and I start getting really dumb. (Rocket City Moms and Dads, get to them while they’re still young and you’re still smart!)
I really reinforce only three things to them.
You’ll want to study this menu before you’re put on the spot at the counter. There are over three dozen entrées on the regular menu and five weekly specials. Our only complaint? No changing tables.
If you were born much past 1982 or so, it’s probably difficult to understand the depth of reaction to the rape and assault allegations against Bill Cosby. OK, so a celebrity is accused of sex crimes. That’s unfortunate, but regretfully, not exactly uncommon. Why are people reacting so viscerally, you wonder? So you youngsters look […]
I’m an American right down the middle of Generation X, which means that most of my why-when-I-was-a-boy stories for my children are rather tame ones of mere convenience. We’ve really had it pretty easy, you know? I mean, we were never shot at in the Pacific, and nearly none of us ever had to work […]
I am amazed at the Tennessee Valley’s apparent capacity for Mexican restaurants. Ever counted them up (or tried to)? You’d think we’d reach a saturation point sometime, wouldn’t you? With so many choices, there’s no excuse for settling. If you want Mexican food that makes you happy with no compromises, then don’t stop until you […]
“That’s an old car horn. Want to hear it?” I was 9 years old, I think, which would make it 1980. My friend David and I had just come from exploring a new-to-us area of woods in which we’d found a rotting Chevrolet from the late ‘40s, and an Oldsmobile from maybe five years later. […]
My son Aaron and I took on Big Ed’s Pizzeria for you, our dear Rocket City Mom readers, last week. Big Ed’s is one of the oldest continuously operating eateries in Huntsville, serving its first slice in 1961. Now run by its namesake’s three children, it has been at its current location near the southwest […]
My wife Lea has a couple of geographically inconvenient family members, which means she’s out of town sometimes. (Way out of town. Like, New Mexico out of town.) When Lea’s gone and I have the house and boys all by myself, I don’t even think about her absence in terms of days. I count hours. […]
What’s a hotter concept right now than the premium burger joint? Burger lovers are in nirvana. Smashburger is named that because each never-frozen burger is rolled into a ball, then smashed into a patty before cooking. This is as good a shtick as any, I suppose, though if you’re OCD about your burger being perfectly […]
What do your kids have to do around your house? Our kids don’t have nearly as many chores as either one of their parents did. However, they do have a few. One of Nathan’s is feeding the dogs. The dog food bucket is in the corner in the garage, just down the steps from the […]
“What’s for lunch?” “The best sandwich in Huntsville.” Nathan had his first Kitchen Sink at the Governors Drive location of Stanlieo’s Sub Villa on Christmas Eve, 2012. We had just come from passing out parking tokens at the hospital. (It’s maybe one person in 10 who parks in a hospital garage and isn’t having a […]
Is there a worse holiday for stereotypically bad gifts than Father’s Day? I must have been 14 years old before I realized I didn’t have to get my dad Old Spice and new undershirts. What a great sport he was all those years. It’s maybe a bit odd that such a culture has developed, because […]
A juice bar in our midst? Folks, this here’s Alabama, where hashbrown casserole is a vegetable, and bacon grease might as well be in a squirt bottle on the table. However, it’s also Huntsville, which is closing on half a million people in its metropolitan area. Many of us are from elsewhere; most of us […]
On April 11, 2001, I turned 30 years old. Lea and Charles put together a great ‘80s-themed birthday party for me. We had it in the house Lea and I had built seven months earlier—the house we still live in. Lea was two months’ pregnant with Nathan, but only God, her doctor, she, and I […]
Rocket City Mom works hard to find you fun and cost-effective ways to spend time with your family. This weekend, my sons and I explored a seriously nifty thing to do on a Saturday night. The Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) presents public shows at the planetarium on Monte Sano every Saturday night throughout the […]