Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dad and Little Girl win one

Cue “Ode to Joy.” Let the dancing begin. The Little Girl has said yes.

Dad and Little Girl win one


Cue “Ode to Joy.” Let the dancing begin. The Little Girl has said yes.

I’d been scrambling for school after-care and I found a spot I’d hoped she’d like.

She likes.

There was popcorn, dress-up time, and homework. The children were sweet, the adults who run the place were solicitous and patient.

People often say that at moments when knotty problems are resolved, they feel weight being lifted off them. I am tons lighter this morning because professional child-care workers have created a safe and stimulating environment that my picky daughter approves of.

Happiness and sorrow rest on such fickle things. If a care-taker had been cross, if a kid had been mean, the Little Girl’s review of the place might have been vastly different. And she’d never have given circumstances the chance to self-correct.

But there is joy and strutting today. Our little family won one. Single parents without margin for error learn to savor the positives.

Today, I’m smiling.



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A New York City native, Lubrano has written for newspapers since 1980. He's the author of a book, "Limbo: Blue-collar roots, white-collar dreams," and was a commentator for National Public Radio for 16 years. His work has appeared in various national magazines and anthologies. He lives with his daughter in South Jersey, and has worked for the Inquirer since 1995. Reach Alfred at

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