Heater, Mother of Lance
  • CanadianAmy

    2005/02/14 at 11:02 am

    Dang Cold,

    good luck with the fort. And arent you nice taking your lady out to dinner.

  • a

    2005/02/14 at 10:53 am

    lovely post.
    Thank you for being so candid.

  • Dang Cold..

    2005/02/14 at 10:50 am

    I’ll hop on board and give a shout out to bucky as well. you rock my world..

    just read jon’s article posted by ladybug. I’m no stranger to emotional distance. Tough thing to overcome. I’d be lost without my wife. She is SO getting a kick ass dinner tonight. thank god I dry cleaned my suits.

    meantime, this is such a boring day at work I think I’m going to build a little fort around my desk.

    back soon..

  • beckythefirst

    2005/02/14 at 10:43 am

    my hubby lost his dad about 20 years ago, too.

    dammit, dork, why’d you have to make me cry on a monday?

    i meant dooce, but i may have to start calling you dork. nothing but love, of course.

  • Marie

    2005/02/14 at 10:43 am

    Bucky definitely nailed it on the head with the letter to Heather’s dad!

    (I really liked the alliteration in “steak sauce sodomy”, too! )

  • Beth

    2005/02/14 at 10:44 am

    Shout out to all the Michiganders, and thanks to Coskel, I had to go back up and read BFEs comment. That was wonderful, I hope Heather sends it to her dad!

  • Kate

    2005/02/14 at 10:46 am

    Regarding the best laundry ‘basket’ EVER…

    My mom got me one that is more like a gigantic backpack than anything else. Now, I don’t have laundry facilities within my home, so the Schlep Factor is higher on my list than it may be for some. Wearing it into the laundromat is SO easy!

    It really is the best.
    You can hang it on the back of your bathroom door. It has its own indicator for when it’s time to do the laundry built in: you can no longer open the door enough to get in the bathroom!


  • Robyn

    2005/02/14 at 10:42 am

    My grandfather, my dad, me and my daughter all curl or toes when we are sitting down.

    I just think that’s so cool.

    Heather, you are such a gifted writer. I wonder what your dad’s reaction was when he read your entry.

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    2005/02/14 at 10:42 am

    Gawsh, thanks ya’ll. I should get mushy more often. *blush*

  • LadyBug

    2005/02/14 at 10:41 am

    *Eclair* (Comment #210)

    No offense, but I don’t think we’re *all* dying of curiosity.

    You can find some words from Jon here:

    I don’t think it’s polite to ask for more than that.

  • Beth

    2005/02/14 at 10:38 am

    Wow, Heather, that was beautiful, you made me cry! I look like my daddy too, only curvier and with more hair on my head!

    Mrs. Strizzay, WORD! Right, because if he’s “still a really nice guy” then where the hell was he the whole time you were growing up? Good for you!

  • The other Paula

    2005/02/14 at 10:40 am

    Its been ages since I last comment, but I just have to say I LOVE Letas new pigtails! They cant be any more adorable!.

  • LadyBug

    2005/02/14 at 10:35 am

    *said in my best Cameron Fry voice*
    Bucky Four-Eyes, you’re my hero.

  • coskel

    2005/02/14 at 10:36 am

    eclair – jon talks about it at blurbomat.

    BFE – you make me proud to be a fellow michigander.

    dooce – dammittall!! and I mean that in a loving way.

    love to all the dooceaholics, the one-night standers who are on here today and gone tomorrow, and the occasional drop-ins like myself – I read every day, but post only once in a while.

  • Katie-be-bored-at-work

    2005/02/14 at 10:23 am

    Bucky, that was so amazing. You put into words what all of us are feeling. We all come to this site every day, not because we are weird (okay, we are a little weird), but because we can relate to Heather. Whether it be about interesting uses for steak sauce and Kotex Light Days, how to wean your baby from the dreaded binky, or interesting ways to torture your dog (i.e. wrapping pasta around his snout), we ALWAYS get a good laugh and relate to what she says. This is a very special gift that Heather has, and I know most dads would be very proud (whether or not they admitted to it). All I can say is “Thank You” to Heather, and I hope one day her dad can say the same thing!

  • Mrs.Strizzay

    2005/02/14 at 10:22 am

    Ha My “real” Dad lives wicked close to me and my mom is all like do you want to meet him, so and so says he is still a really nice guy.

    Um yeah, ok. NO

  • coffeegirl

    2005/02/14 at 10:05 am

    PIGTAILS! Those are the cutest pigtails EVER. In fact, they’re so freekin cute I just might…


    Oops, too late.

  • kristine

    2005/02/14 at 10:06 am

    Bucky-You nailed that one. Yeah, that is exactly how I feel too!

    Laura…fantastic page. I am the product of a two parent household, but my dad has a secret we are not allowed to talk about. I love your writing!

  • copy_kitty

    2005/02/14 at 10:03 am



  • Dang Cold..

    2005/02/14 at 10:05 am

    U2 playing on the radio at my desk…

    “who’s gonna ride your wild horses….”


  • Shiz

    2005/02/14 at 10:02 am

    I’m LOOOAVING all of the Boing, Prong, and 3-Prong photographs. LOOOAVE them.

  • kristine

    2005/02/14 at 9:51 am

    Holy shit I can see the numbers now!

    Happy V-D to everyone.

  • Melanie S.

    2005/02/14 at 9:48 am

    Where’s the “MASCARA ALERT”?

    My father is the same thing to me. I won’t bore you with details here, because this is YOUR blog, but every word you just wrote could’ve been written by me to my father.

    Two great men, for sure!

    Wow. Thanks, Heather.


  • hayley

    2005/02/14 at 9:46 am

    the “The reason I have resisted all requests to trim this kid’s hair” photo makes Leta look like an evil genius putting a hex on us all. LOVE IT.

  • Dang Cold..

    2005/02/14 at 9:46 am

    Someone get me a ladder I need to put up this big W E L C O M E banner so I dont’ have to keep saying it all the time.

    *dang cold on his knees painting said banner and wearing a bandana*

  • fatasianbaby

    2005/02/14 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful, as always.

  • kari g.

    2005/02/14 at 9:40 am

    Bucky Four Eyes – EXACTLY what you said. Couldn’t have said it better. I read Dooce every single day and don’t comment often but really enjoy reading the posts and some of the comments – you all are a lot of fun and Dooce and all of you make me smile every day! Thanks!

    Dooce – your post was really nice – brought a few tears to my eyes.
    by the way – photo – TOO CUTE…my heart has exploded into tiny, tiny pieces all.over.the.room.

  • Circus Kelli

    2005/02/14 at 9:43 am

    Bucky Four Eyes — You totally RAWK. Seriously. VERY, very well put.

    May I second (or third, or fourth) your opinion?

  • Pissy Britches

    2005/02/14 at 9:40 am

    Aww…what a cutie pie!

  • Circus Kelli

    2005/02/14 at 9:40 am

    Dang cold — Um. Thanks. I’m sort of “killin time” myself today. I’ll be in a meeting from 2:00pm CST time on, woo, what fun. Tomorrow, yes, TOMORROW, though, I will totally kick some work ass, though. No really…

  • Annejelynn

    2005/02/14 at 9:40 am

    Bucky Four-Eyes said at 10:51AM, 02.14.2005:

    “Dear Heather’s Dad:…

    Your daughter has a gift… *the talent to let us know the exact spot where her heart is being touched on any given day*,”…

    Ah, Bucky4eyes, you hit the nail on the head!

  • Eclair

    2005/02/14 at 9:39 am

    Dooce, I just want you to know I find you very savory.

    If I was serious for a moment, I would say I deeply respect what you are doing with this site. I respect your honesty and willingness to be open about your life. You help people, and you’ve certainly helped me.

    I respect you just as much for what you reserve from public view. Which is why I feel like a terrible person. Because you know now that I’ve just been buttering you up before my loathesome and purient request.

    When do we get to know what is up with Jon’s first marriage?

    God, I hate myself for asking but we are all dying of the curiousity.

  • Circus Kelli

    2005/02/14 at 9:38 am

    While we’re on the subject of Dads…

    Years ago, I wrote this about my Adopted Dad:

  • Goose

    2005/02/14 at 9:33 am

    I always know when I visit your site that I will either laugh or cry (or both). Thank you for your words and your generosity. Thank you for smiling at strangers.

  • Cathi

    2005/02/14 at 9:37 am

    Dooce – thanks for the tears on the daddy article. My father and I have never been really close; I wish it weren’t that way.

    A Disney moment to share with all of you — Clay on Playhouse Disney was just encouraging the viewing audience to say “Hoo Ha” over and over again, saying that it was fun to say “Hoo Ha.” (The otters are sailing on Lake Hoo Ha today.)

    Isn’t a Hoo Ha a vagina? I thought Disney was all about the good clean fun. Otters sailing on Lake Hoo Ha? What’s up with that?

  • Dang Cold..

    2005/02/14 at 9:32 am

    Welcome aboard Tanya…help yourself to the big honkin bowl of chocolate at the center of the table. I like the stuff with the gooey cherry stuff in the middle.

  • Tanya

    2005/02/14 at 9:25 am

    My dad died two years ago last Friday. It’s never too late to call. If you don’t feel like you can explain it all, just tell him you love him, and that you see him in the mirror, and save the rest for another day. *hug*

  • Dang Cold..

    2005/02/14 at 9:30 am

    CK..if it weren’t for me hangin’ with you and this crew I’d be having a pointless day. I feel like I’m taking up air and space in this office and occupying a perfectly good computer for no reason. I’m taking in your post one at a time and pausing each time. Still a difficult subject for me the whole parents thing. You’re really really expressing yourself today and I like it alot 😀

  • Circus Kelli

    2005/02/14 at 9:20 am

    Dang cold — Heh, I used to hate that song and dwell on it in the same breath.

    How’s things with you today, dearie?

  • Circus Kelli

    2005/02/14 at 9:18 am

    Laura, I’ve been where you are now, and still have moments where I’m really ticked about the choices THEY made. They will never know their grandkids. The one time Adopted Dad told me I had cute kids, I agreed with him in a “Yes, too bad you won’t know them either” kind of way.

    Finding him and talking to him face to face helped me quite a bit, even though he lied to me, to my face, about things. It still helped, though. Deep cleansing breath, indeed.

    My sister (his only biological child) is still VERY ticked at him and all he’s put my Mom through over the years. Adopted Dad paid child support sporadically, as well, and still owes quite a bit of money to my Mom.

    There is no question that someone who can cause that kind of emotional damage has no place in my life… it still makes me wish things could have been very different, though.

  • Dang Cold..

    2005/02/14 at 9:14 am

    And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
    Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
    “When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when,
    But we’ll get together then.
    You know we’ll have a good time then.”


  • Carol

    2005/02/14 at 9:08 am

    Bucky – very nice!!

    Happy Valentines Day to all.

  • Steph

    2005/02/14 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for making me (nearly) cry and laugh in just a few minutes. Today’s post is beautiful and the photo of Leta with the pony-tail is a riot. Bless you for giving this SAHM something interesting to read between all the usual you-know-what.

  • Jen

    2005/02/14 at 9:08 am

    Those pigtails are spectacular! She’s getting so big! I’m sending Leta hugs from Florida!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    (I just used four exclamation points in one comment! Of France!!!!)

  • Margaret Mary

    2005/02/14 at 9:01 am

    That could quite possibly be the cutest picture I’ve ever seen!


  • Lauren Stranahan

    2005/02/14 at 9:01 am

    Good question, Kelli ..

    I have never had a father/daughter relationship. Now, at 36 I’m a bit pissed about it and realize the damage my father caused by not being involved.

    Because I’ve never held a special place in his heart, I’ve created a special place on the web just for him. http://www.AlanBoxer.com

  • Closet Metro

    2005/02/14 at 9:00 am

    Yeah, what Bucky said.

  • kEma

    2005/02/14 at 9:00 am

    ahhhhhhhhhhh adorable

  • Bruce

    2005/02/14 at 8:59 am

    Am I first?

  • Annejelynn

    2005/02/14 at 8:54 am

    Ahhhhh – uber cute!

    We need a full frontal pose of Leta w/ those double pigtails! I can only imagine the full effect!?! UBER CUTE!

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