Author: Reservoir Dad

Maki: Centre Stage

Happy Fifth Birthday! Maki, Five years is not long at all, really, but there’s this strange thing that happens whenever I think of you. Time fades and the years merge and even when I’m way back inside my memory, as far as I can go, or as forward into the future as I can imagine, you’re always there, an influence on everything that happened to me, on everything I’m going to do. It’s as if we’d sat in a circle backstage, you, your mother and brothers and I, flipping pages, rehearsing a play, accepting our roles in a script...

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Book Review: And You May Find Yourself

This is a moving and engaging book with moments of hilarity and a real ability to engage. I thought about this book throughout the day and looked forward to getting back to it at night. I lost hours of sleep because it was so hard to put it down. It’s atmospheric and I haven’t felt so engaged with a book for a long time. ‘And You May Find Yourself’ by Paul Dalgarno, published by Sleepers Publishing is about all kinds of love; romantic love, parental love, paternal love, love that covers time and distance, love that cocoons and sustains...

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Kindergarten Waiting Lists and Why I Love the Council Guy

We’ve received a placement offer in the mail for Maki to attend a local kindergarten next year but it’s not our first preference and so I’m feeling determined to reject it and hold out in the hope that we’ll receive an offer for our preferred kindergarten – where Maki and his brothers have been attending for the past eight years – but because I’m worried that Maki will miss out all together, I decide to ring the council to see if they can give me any info. Maki, who’s being his usual chatty sing-songy self follows me down to...

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The In-Betweens

I’m a smiling melancholic driving through the suburbs with no real destination in mind and a quick look in the rear vision mirror reminds me that I’m all by myself with six empty seats behind me and that in itself is a sign that the times are changing. Archie Lewis and Tyson are at school and I’ve just dropped barely-beyond toddler Maki at kindergarten and two full hours without kids beckons and yes, I could be cleaning the house right now or writing an article or dipping into the washing basket or macro-vacuuming the goddamn car – or all...

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The Assistant

“She held me spellbound in the night, Dancing shadows and firelight…” ~ Witchy Woman, the Eagles A really great Date Night where RM and I laid on our giant Ottoman together drinking and eating and basking in the glare of the Plasma as we watched Boy Meets Girl on Netflix, has finished with RM asleep beside me in the marital bedroom as usual, but without the usual preceding sexual crescendo, thanks to RM’s hysterical and sustained laughter. It was laughter a so contagious that I found myself drawn up into my own fits of hilarity and after ten minutes...

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