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Letters to Charlie: On Turning 9

My dear son, I’m writing this letter while you’re lying next to me in bed, reading. See, you’re 9 years old now, so you get to stay up until a very-late 8:30 p.m. On nights I put you to bed … Continue reading

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Letters to Jack: 4 Years, 7 Months

Hey there, peanut, It’s Memorial Day, so we’re all home together. A few hours after you woke up, I found myself imploring, “Universe, grant me the strength to get through this day.” By that point, you had thrown your stuffed … Continue reading

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Letters to Jack: 4 Years, 4 Months

Hey peanut, As a parent, there are times when you can’t get enough of your kids. They seem extra cute, extra cuddly, extra special. Luckily for us, we’re in this phase right now. This comes after a period in which … Continue reading

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Letters to Jack: 4 years, 2 months

Hey there, sweet thing, It’s a few days before New Year’s, mostly quiet in the house. We just finished reading two books — Thanks from the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Cars’ Tractor Trouble — in your new big-kid bed. We … Continue reading

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Letters to Jack: On Turning 4

My dear Jack, I knew exactly what was going to happen, and that made it all the sweeter. Walking in the door at the end of the day, you and Charlie were in your usual spot– shoulder-to-shoulder on the couch, … Continue reading

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Letters to Jack: Almost 4

Dearest Jackers, Wow — it’s really been a while since I last wrote you a letter. More than three months! I’m sorry, buddy. The delay was due to a combination of factors: we’re a busy family, the obvious fact that … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: On Turning 8

Happy birthday, my baby boy. You always tell me you’re no longer a baby when I call you that, and I always respond with that awfully cliche, but so totally true statement that no matter what your age, you will … Continue reading

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