September 30, 2023
Dear K, 17 Years Old

Dear K, Someday, probably in the not so distant future, some boy will sweep your off your feet - and he won't know how lucky he'll be. I'm sure that in the beginning he will note your blonde curls, intelligent eyes, and sweet smile. He is sure to observe the winsome way you speak to […]

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August 31, 2023
Dear H, 7 Years Old

Dear H, When I used to have only girls, people would often knowingly smile and tell me how easy I had it. If I only had a boy, they explained, I would understand what it would be like because a boy wouldn't color neatly at the table, would run around like a terror, and would […]

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April 30, 2023
Dear A, 11 Years Old

Dear A, You were made for prairie life. You love running around with barefeet, regardless of the surface beneath your toes. In fact, you recently asked why anyone would want to put their feet in "square boxes" (aka shoes). Somehow you don't even flinch when scrambling up trees or hopping across stones, smiling widely without […]

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March 30, 2023
Dear O, 14 Years Old

Dear O, You were born at 8:30pm on a mid-March eve two weeks before your official due date. The birth could be described in contrasting terms - it was both fast and furious AND overwhelmingly peaceful. When Tim leaned down to catch you and then passed you tenderly into my arms, I was mesmerized by […]

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September 30, 2022
Dear K, 16 Years Old

Dear K, How can it be that I just watched you drive away in our Honda Pilot? Blonde curls cascading around your shoulders, you smile and give a wave through the front window. At sixteen, you are an elegant, accomplished young woman. This year, you are taking piano and oil painting lessons, helping with the […]

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August 30, 2022
Dear H, 6 Years Old

Dear H, I'm so glad we have a boy because I don't think I ever would have known how delightful six-year-old boys can be. I will confess that I perhaps had a somewhat inaccurate perception of little boys. You, however, have dashed them all. At age six, you are a gentleman. With impeccable manners and […]

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