Category Archives: Letters to Charlie

Letters to Charlie: On Turning 7

My dear boy, Years ago, I was hired by a friend to photograph her seven-year-old daughter’s birthday. You were a baby then, maybe as old as Jack is now, and I remember thinking how big, how adult, all of the … Continue reading

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A Letter to My Boys: On Election Results and Finding Your Voice

Dear Charlie and Jack, Even before you came into our lives, I knew I wanted sons. Having a daughter would’ve been amazing, but deep down I felt there was a bigger calling — an opportunity to raise good men. A good man … Continue reading

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Letters to Charles: Year Six

Dear Charles, Notice I didn’t write “Charlie.” This is because I’m trying to honor your wish to be called by your official name. A week ago, you announced I could no longer refer to you by your nickname. My name … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: On Turning 5

Wow, Charlie. You are five. FIVE! It was clear this morning you’re becoming an older kid. Within 20 minutes of waking up, you’d already told me to stop mentioning it was your birthday. “Mom, it’s ANNOOOOOYING.” Zip it. I gave you life. Last … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: Four and Three-Quarters

Hey there, my little man, I should be packing. In a few days we’ll be moving into our new home. It’s larger than this place, where you’ve lived your entire life. There, you’ll have your own room, a backyard to run through, and … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: On Losing Papa

My dear child, It’s easy to say that all grandparents love their grandchildren, but there was something truly special about your relationship with Papa. Perhaps it was because you have his name, or because he cared for you so much when you … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: Almost 4 1/3 Years

Dear Charlie, Congratulations on your first night in your big-kid bunk bed! The bed comes in anticipation of your brother’s arrival (which should be in fewer than three months –– oh.em.gee.) because you two will eventually share a room. You’re … Continue reading

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