I like to stand along the waterfront and watch as the waves advance and recede. Sometimes, as I observe the ebb and flow of the San Francisco bay, I suddenly feel overwhelmed by the vastness of the world before me. Standing at the intersection of urban development and nature’s great abyss, I realize how small I am — and that realization frightens me. The growing roar of the crashing waves threatens to deafen me, and the unceasing sea wind chills me to my bones. I shiver as I spy a dark gray monster of a cloud creeping ever closer, smothering the last bits of light as the sun descends toward the horizon. I’m bathed in shadow. … Until, suddenly, a few stray rays of light break through the clouds. And, with the light, the water’s deafening roar fades to a whisper, and the wind’s biting chill feels like a cool sea breeze. Despite the cacophony of nature that surrounds me, I feel at peace. — (photo © Reggie Ballesteros Photography) (Instagram: @reggiebphoto)
Unsurprisingly, in my youth, I was one of those individuals whose life was utterly transformed by Harry Potter.
I’ve never been an individual brimming with confidence. I think most people who have grown up with me or work with me or have seen me in my Performer Mode would be surprised to hear that I second-guess myself more often than not.
It’s been a long week. And I know there’s only one thing that can make me feel a bit better.
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.
Nearly two and a half years into having Henri as part of our lives, I finally feel like I have a solid grasp on this whole dog parenting thing.
As soon as I cross the Carquinez Bridge, I feel it.
Every weekday morning, I have the unfortunate responsibility of leaving my puppy Henri behind.
Admittedly, I don’t always know what to do on a holiday.