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Dateline: April 2008
Twins'Age: 6

Our kids were so blessed to attend an elementary school with a drama-focused 5th grade science teacher.

Ms. Turnage annually---and lovingly---oversees the spring production of a musical featuring students of all elementary levels. The shows are consistently AMAZING...gathering audiences well-beyond the families and friends of the participants. (This week, the school is presenting "Guys & Dolls.")

In kindergarten, Darren and Sarah---along with many of their favorite classmates (and still friends)--- were selected to be "clouds" in Aladdin. 

Glimpses of their wee, glee-filled faces backstage (in the cafeteria) warm my heart this mid-week.

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Dateline: May 2009
Twins' Age: 7

Almost every year since their birth, Grandma and Grandpa Lage have made a trip eastward to come visit us in May. Smiles are always plentiful, and fun is always had by all.

Knowing Grandma & Grandpa are heading our way next weekend warms my heart this mid-week.

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Of course, he was at a disadvantage.

On a day with no school, Ferris actively dodged his dad in order to have a day cram-packed with glee of all kinds.

On the last day of sophomore Spring Break, Darren and Sarah wisely maximized their Double Daddy's capacity for action-packed adventure. The morning kicked off with a VO record here in RVA (Richmond, VA)...

Then, into the car for a couple hours to Virginia Beach for much-loved breakfast food at The Log Cabin Pancake House...

and when you're so close, you must see the ocean.

When the twins were wee, they had a penchant for all things presidential. Williamsburg (conveniently located between Virginia Beach and Richmond) used to be home to Presidents' Park, a walkable attraction with enormous busts of the U.S. Presidents...from George Washington to George W. Bush.

Barack Obama's head had just been designed (and not yet sculpted) when the under-attended park went out of business.

Back then, Abraham Lincoln was one of She-Twin's favorites...


and Chester Arthur, He-Twin's.

Now, the defunct attraction's busts reside in an open field on a farmer's back lot...not open to the public.

That didn't stop our intrepid, trekking (not-to-mention, trespassing) trio from locating the decaying statues, and from reuniting with former favorites.

To quote Ferris, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

That day, our two didn't miss a thing. Thanks, Daddy.

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Dateline: September 2008
Twins' Age: 7
[*Special thanks to Double Daddy who instigated, remembered, and suggested this incident and image for this installment.]

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Every night, I bless and pray with my twins individually before turning out their lights. (They indulge me....)

Last night, as I was leaning over to kiss Darren goodnight before departing his room, he asked, "Why are you going to the march in DC?"

He and his sister are participating in our city's companionate march. He was---and perhaps still is---rightly curious as to why I (who treasure every opportunity to sleep in) am going to be up and on a bus by 6:30am tomorrow en route to our nation's capital.  

In my gut, I know this is the right thing to do---to NOT do what that conviction/small voice/conscience/Jiminy Cricket-urging is telling me to do is essentially wrong/sin of omission/lazy/chicken sh*t.

But it's bigger than that, and my reasons are, too.

I am marching because as a nation we've demonstrably placed our right to possess lethal weapons above the value of our fellow Americans'---even our children's---lives. 

I am marching because our leaders pay devout attention to crowd-size, and care about votes.

I am marching to let those directly harmed by our national inaction and reckless selfishness know they are not alone; I mourn with them. Their loss is inexcusable, and should not---will not---continue to be tolerated. 

I am marching because when contemplating horrors and injustices of the past, I've often wondered if I'd have had the courage to stand alongside those fighting for the right to vote, for civil rights...or standing firmly against the Holocaust. 

I am marching because our Constitution is being idolized and treated as an inflexible, immalleable document. 

I am marching to demonstrate no matter your age---individually or a country---it's imperative to acknowledge harmful practices. Upon seeing them, you can, you should, you MUST change. 

I am marching FOR something (the sensible imposition of common sense gun laws), not "against" something.

I am marching because the mentally ill, the domestic abuser, the temporarily-angry teen, the zealot, the racist, the criminal should not have minimally fettered ease acquiring guns and vast quantities of ammunition.

I am marching because we all deserve a life wherein we can freely pursue entertainment, education, and worship without having to predetermine escape routes.

Beloved Darren and Sarah, most especially, I am marching for YOU.



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He-Twin and She-Twin go to different high schools.

Both are within our public school systems, and both do fundraisers to garner supplemental cash for special events.

Last night, along with a beloved friend to both since kindergarten,  burrito bowls were consumed in support of Sarah's school.

Twins = Twice the Chipotle Cheer!


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Dateline: December 2015
Twins' Age: 14
[Special thanks to He-Twin and She-Twin for selectting today's featured age.]

Kicking off a blogpost with a dictionary definition is a bit cliched, but today, it's imperative.

To represent is "to be entitled or appointed to act or speak for someone, especially in an official capacity."

Today, both Darren and Sarah---in their separate high schools---join in a peaceful walk-out from 10:00a - 10:17a, along with many (hopefully, a majority) of their fellow classmates, teachers, and school administrators.

One minute to act and speak for each of the students lost in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre last month.

Darren is wearing his high school tee. I am wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with Sarah's high school name. Sarah and her fellow students are wearing burgundy...one of the school colors for the students in Parkland who tragically, can no longer wear theirs.

Something HAS to change.

Represent. 



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Dateline: March 2004
Twins' Age: 2

Memories of warm afternoons in the late winter cheer my heart this mid-week.
[*Special thanks to both twins who together recommended I select something from when they were two for this installment.]

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...and so transpired He-Twin's and my "pick-up" text thread yesterday afternoon.

A robocall from the high-school principal last night indicated the police investigation revealed the firearm the toddler was carrying (Darren surmises 2 or 3 years old) was a toy (despite the absence of an orange tip and a very realistic-looking appearance). We are truly hopeful that was indeed the case. Classmates of Darren's saw a man being handcuffed and taken away by the police shortly after the "Code Green" was issued. Child neglect? Illegal weapon? We may never know.

What I DO know is things need to change. Our 2nd amendment guarantees the right to a "well-regulated militia." At this point, our dangerous lack of "regulation" prevents me---and the majority of Americans---from feeling "secure" in our Free State.

Please God, bless America---and grant us the courage and resolve to make things right.

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