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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May 30, 2022
Dear A, 10 Years Old

Dear A, I'd like to be as brave and athletic as you are. You do cartwheels and handsprings flawlessly, grinning after you're right side up. You do fancy (and frightening!) stunts on your bike, riding without hands, sitting up on your handlebars, doing wheelies like nobody's business. You can cross the monkey bars with playground […]

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May 30, 2022
Dear O, 13 Years Old

Dear O, You still remind me of Anne of Green Gables - her wit, her smarts, her strength of mind and character, her propensity for speaking the truth (for better or for worse). Remember the part in the movie where Anne very strikingly seems to be leaving girlhood behind and laughs on the porch alongside […]

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October 26, 2021
Dear K, 15 Years Old

Dear K, In the early years, when you were very small, parents with older children would sometimes stop us and knowingly say to us, "Oh, she's so sweet! But...just wait until she's a teenager!" Deep down, I thought that perhaps they were wrong to assume that adolescence was something to be feared or endured. Now […]

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September 4, 2021
Dear H, 5 Years Old

Dear H, Sometimes I think back to how we almost didn't have you. We were worried about having the bandwidth to get through another pregnancy with hyperemesis gravidarum - the vomiting, the IVs, the constant nausea, the endless fatigue, the march of days with so much sickness. Thankfully, we pushed our fear outside and locked […]

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