You love me despite / My shortcomings, although / Failure brings me down.
How to Vacation Like the Caragan-Ballesteros Clan:
1) Choose a locale that is known for its foodie scene (e.g. Portland, Seattle, New York, San Diego).
I’ve been given two responsibilities for my dad’s 49th birthday: one, to simply get my butt from San Francisco to Vallejo in time for Thursday dinner; and, two, to get the birthday cake.
Preface: This image was heavily influenced by both Reggie’s and my newfound obsession with Sam Esmail’s “Mr. Robot” and Henri’s bulbous eyes that uncannily resemble recent Emmy-winner Rami Malek’s.
I stand in the shadow / Formed by both the murky San Francisco fog / And the monstrous brick church before me.
I surf the asphalt and concrete waves, the rubber wheels gliding ever so effortlessly over the pavement.
Preface: My family has a specific connotation for “birthday cake.” The root of our definition is steeped in a story that is much too personal and much too long to share on this platform — but, for the sake of context, I’d like to share our family’s definition with you…
Admittedly, that was a huge reason why we ended up adopting Henri a few months into our marriage: Reggie anticipated that he would be gone many weekends, so Henri would become my companion.
It’s a little after lunchtime. Just a few more hours until I have to hop on the BART train to Concord, and Reggie and I will meet his family to celebrate his dad’s birthday.
Evening falls, and the only sounds filling the air are the jingle of my dog’s harness and leash and my soles’ thump-thump-thump against the smooth sidewalk.