Entries by Michael Downs

Bless the Mess

Tonight during dinner the kids were at it again. My three-year-old son painting his placemat with ketchup. My one-year-old daughter tossing fistfuls of corn and peas into the air like confetti. Fish sticks pressed into wood table. Strawberries somehow smeared on opposite wall. A diabolical duet. Someone once told me that if I wanted to […]

No More Monkeys

My “daddy sabbatical” has begun. After serving at a Jesuit high school for the past six years as a Social Justice teacher, I recently decided to take some time away from work and be more present to my two young children. Such availability, of course, is a privilege. But I am discovering that truly “being […]