He Calls Me Fathead.


A couple weeks ago, JD and I attended In The Heights, a Broadway musical, in Hollywood. To say I loved it would be an understatement. From the opening number, I was smitten and it only got better. I now listen to the soundtrack and belt out showtunes at the start of every peaceful morning. Polo loves it.

I was so moved by the musical, I surprised my parents with tickets for last Saturday’s performance. My father texted me at intermission and said my mother cried through the entire first half. Her tears were memories from her childhood in Puerto Rico and New York. They were tears because she saw pieces of my grandmother on stage. Her tears were happy, but also longed for a life she tries to remember.

As a way to say thank you, my parents bought me a gift.

They found glasses I could use to read at night in bed. Kind of like the pair my dad bought me from a thrift store when I was a kid. But not as cool.

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  1. stephanie

    July 26th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    where can I get a pair… i read by the light of my daughter’s video monitor so I don’t bug my husband and it cant be good for my eyes….

  2. patricia

    July 26th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    gotta love family nicknames.

    btw…u make those kind of glasses look good.

  3. Damaris Mia

    July 26th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    hahaha! THOSE are awesome!

  4. Amber Fox

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Ooooh, thanks for posting this. I have been looking for a theater production to go to. I checked out the link and it looks great. This is perfect for date night!

  5. gladys jem

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    HAHA those glasses are amazing. You look so cute in them too 🙂

  6. Adrienne

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    How cool are those?!?!?!

  7. Amanda

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    LOL. My husband calls my son fathead as well. I get annoyed, don’t want him to develop a complex 🙂 But you seem to be okay without issues of a big head so I guess he’ll be fine. hahaa What was the show called?

  8. Ingamae

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Your parents=AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why do they call you Fathead? ha.

  9. Raquel Sergio

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Love this post. makes me miss my daddy and mom 🙂

  10. Sarah

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    That is awesome. So… WHY does he call you fathead???

  11. Dawn McCarthy

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    You are rockin’ those light glasses J*.

  12. Kumu

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Just have to say that I saw "In the Heights" in NYC, and that show is Awesome!

    Also, I love your blog, thanks for keeping it interesting!

  13. will tangorra

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Adorable! 🙂

  14. Cynthia Bee

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Too stinkin cute! 🙂

  15. Calli

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Jasmine they are so cute! Your parents and the glasses 🙂
    Being a late-night-reading-owl-type, I definitely approve of this practical and very attractive gadget!
    This is actually the first time I’ve commented, but I’ve been following you for a long time. I think the world of you! Thanks for sharing little bits of your life as well as your amazing photography.
    Calli 🙂

  16. Joe Anna

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    LOL! This is awesome! Who could question your coolness in these? 😉 I totally want a pair!

  17. erica clark

    July 26th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    What an adorable anecdote. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Tab McCausland

    July 26th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Hahahah my family calls me fathead 🙂 LOVE those glasses!

  19. trisha

    July 26th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    parents. love them more and more as time goes on 🙂

  20. anne

    July 26th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    those are SO GREAT!!

  21. Kimberly

    July 26th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I absolutely couldn’t get enough of In the Heights. My boyfriend and I were at last Saturday’s performance and we were blown away. The last time a show got to me like that was RENT.

  22. Amanda West

    July 26th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    It must be a parental term filled with love, it’s what we call our children. 😉

  23. Michael Ririe

    July 26th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I totally want a pair of those glasses!

  24. carina

    July 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    hahahah too cute! Those are awesome! You look fabulousss! =)

  25. cassandra-m

    July 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    ONLY YOU could make those look so COOL!

  26. Sarah Danaher

    July 26th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    That is soooooooo sweet!!

  27. Crista

    July 27th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    In The Heights is hands down my favorite show EVER. So glad to hear so many more people loved it.

  28. Chantel

    July 27th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    You are freaking hilarious!! Parents are the best! F’real! I love who you choose to be on a daily basis…It’s fantastic! 🙂 Happy Monday to you and JD!

  29. LisaK

    July 27th, 2010 at 12:43 am

    So hot right now! ; )

  30. diane (www.sagephoto.com)

    July 27th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Great sunglasses!

  31. LEOLAK

    July 27th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Too awesome!!! Your parents rock! And this pic really is fitting b/c the lights look like "stars" and you being J* – ahh….well, that’s just even more awesome!! Rock those "star" glass J*!!

  32. amanda thiessen

    July 27th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    hahah! so funny 🙂

  33. Katie Mauer

    July 27th, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I’m going to see In the Heights in San Diego on Friday! I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for dayyyys now. CAN’T! WAIT!

  34. Christine

    July 27th, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Oh! Add me to the loooooong list of people that wants to know where to get a pair?!? Those are not only perfect for late night reading, but they would be awesome for late night knitting too!

  35. Lissette Q

    July 27th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I saw it 3 months ago when they were in Miami and LOVED it!!!!

  36. Irina

    July 27th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    ok, so they’re dorky, but you somehow pull them off! Looking great!

    PS. Kinda jealous of your cool glasses! I mean who doesn’t want to read in the dark?!

  37. Regina White

    July 27th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Ha! It’s better then chuky head!
    Gotta love parents.

  38. Regina White

    July 27th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I also just saw that ‘In the Heights" will be in Grand Rapids in January. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the link.

  39. Jamie

    July 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    This is so sweet, especially after meeting your mom at The Workshop. And everyone is right, you do look cute in otherwise dorky glasses!

  40. sarah

    July 27th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    what a wonderful relationship you have. and can’t wait to see the musical!

  41. Jaclyne - Heavenly Blooms

    July 27th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    LOL – I love those!!!

  42. Jove Yambot

    July 27th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    My wife & I saw In The Heights in NYC this past winter and he really enjoyed it. By the way, we love your blog…it’s truly an inspiration for us up and coming photographers. =D

  43. Kirsty Cawdell

    July 27th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I couldn’t help but have a good giggle at this post as fathead is what my husband and I call our 2 year old! Many people look at us strangely for this but it has been our affectionate nickname for her since birth as well she had a big head and it was quite painful! and she has answered to it ever since! Glad to see that we aren’t the only ones that use it and it is not mentally scarring!

  44. Alice

    July 28th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    LOL! Love nicknames 🙂

  45. Apple

    July 28th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    my mom says you can ground your judgments on people on whether or not they have a good family. and I sooo looove your family!!!:)

  46. Apple

    July 28th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    my mom says you can ground your judgments on people on whether or not they have a good family. and I sooo looove your family!!!:)

  47. Kim

    July 29th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    I recommend seeing Next to Normal when it comes out to LA in November. If you want to see a touching musical go see it. I have seen it on Broadway 20 times. 🙂

  48. Brandy Frank

    July 29th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    my dad’s nickname for me is mouser. because I was the baby of his 3 kids and the smallest. like a mouse. yeah. I just admitted mouser to the world. wow.

  49. juls

    July 30th, 2010 at 5:53 am

    i love this post because it reminds me of how close my husband and i are to our two girls. oh, and by the way we call our oldest fathead too! love your blog!

  50. Truc

    August 3rd, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    The nickname is hilarious. We have lots of odd ones in our family too.

  51. Tina

    August 5th, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Okay I must know where he got those! My husband is an avid reader/nerd 🙂 and he needs those! I love your Dad.

  52. Tracy

    August 26th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    That is awesome! Such a dad gift! 🙂