There Were Children in This House: Selected Stories from Thinking Allowed (Hardcover)
In 1983, a young newspaper reporter and astronaut-in-waiting published an essay in the paper in which he both marveled at the vastness of space and imagined with wonder what it would be like to gaze into his soon-to-be-born child's eyes. Thus began "Thinking Allowed," a weekly column that, over the next twenty-five years, told the stories of an average family with two kids, a golden retriever and a mammoth station wagon with a drooping headliner. The newspaper columns were about the most ordinary things: a toddler foraging through the kitchen trash can, a sleepy two-year-old squeezing the last moments out of the day, a mom flinging together the secret ingredients for her Big Ol' Pot of Chili. From pediatrician visits to dance recitals to high school graduations, there wasn't much that didn't show up in the local paper. And while the articles were usually humorous in intent, they sometimes strayed into the unguarded air space of a dad who grew sentimental at the thought of his daughters growing up too fast. Those stories, collected here for the first time, are snapshots of a most ordinary but most happy life.