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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 4

My sweet boy, It’s the little things that strike me. You no longer need a step-stool to reach the sink. You used the word “meanwhile” correctly in a sentence. You know where the recycling bin is and what to put in it. … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: On Turning Three

My sweet boy, We’re squarely into June, which means you’re now a 3-year-old. Congratulations! We all made it. I first want to thank you for your patience over the past several weeks. It’s been a time of change, as I … Continue reading

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Charlie’s Construction Birthday

His favorite book is about dump trucks. He loves watching “Mighty Machines.” He’d sleep with his toy garbage truck if it weren’t so plastic and bulky. So, it was a no brainer that we decided to throw a construction-themed second … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: On Your Second Birthday

My sweet boy, Wow. It’s been two years since we first looked into each other’s eyes; two years since I first held you in my arms and nuzzled your tiny, newborn nose. How much we’ve both grown since then! Today … Continue reading

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Charlie’s First Birthday

Through the fog of sleep, I heard it: A tap-tap-tapping, just on the edge of consciousness. I opened my eyes to a pre-dawn, dark bedroom. Tap-tap-tap, it went again. What the heck…? And then, realization. Fuck. It’s raining. I turned … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: Month 12

To my one-year-old, Wow. Here we are. Can you believe it? I’ve rewritten this opening section several times because I can’t quite find the words to express everything I’m feeling. More than anything, I feel deeply thankful – thankful you … Continue reading

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