As I wrote you my last letter I spend a lot of time taking breaks to talk to your cousin Ciara – at age 7 . I’ve know Ciara since she was born, and she has always been a precocious child, full of questions, opinions, and a love of noise and conversation.
I have always loved spending time with children – telling stories, and jokes; roughhousing, and sparring. I’ve always enjoyed getting to be the “fun grownup” around the children of my friends.
I am going to cherish the times when I can just enjoy play and conversation with you. Being a father is going to demand I be a different kind of adult around you than around Liam or Ciara. It means I will have to be mindful of what you are learning and hearing from me in a different way.
I am making a promise to myself that I will do my best to balance my need to be a guide and teacher with my love of play and joy.