Family has always been important to me, I think because I grew up spending a lot of time with my grandma, at her house where every Sunday all of my aunts and uncles and cousins would gather around her massive kitchen table (so big for such a small house, but that’s what her priority was) to enjoy the incredible meals she’d cook for all of us.
One of the things I remember the most strongly about her is that she would go out of her way to involve me in her interests, and to encourage me to pursue my own. She taught me so much, and brought me everywhere—the botanical center, the Des Moines Art Center, the symphony, Principle Park (Sec Taylor back then), and anywhere else she thought that maybe I’d get to see something I hadn’t seen before, to experience something new.
So one of my priorities growing up was to have a family of my own, and to get to share these same sorts of experiences with them. I’m so grateful I get to share my world with my son, Adam, and now that he is eight (eight! It’s strange just to write the number!) I’m excited to get to introduce him to some of the cool things that Des Moines has to offer, so he can look back when he has his own kids and hopefully draw from these memories the same way that I have.
And since I can already feel how quickly time is passing, how fast my boy is growing up, I decided I’d start this blog to help set these memories down in some kind of physical form that I can hold on to, that I can point to. And in this way, I’m hoping to not only commemorate the profound impact that my grandmother had on me, but to recognize the ways her interests and passion still move me and shape me, continually teaching me how to be a good, engaged and supportive father.
So welcome to my blog. I’m Ken, an associate Professor in the Humanities and single father. My son is my world.