"Dad and Son Walking" by Olichel

The Paradox of a Loving Father

Dear Son, Today I got in a big power struggle with O. over leaving the park in a timely fashion. We were throwing a foam chuck glider around for over an hour, and mostly having fun. But when it came time to go home, I was met with dozens of diversions, excuses, unreasonable requests, and, […]

A Lot More to Write

Dear Sons, Today I changed the name of this weblog to “Letters to my Sons.” It has been nearly three years since I updated this text, and a lot has happened. I have been the work-at-home dad and caregiver, to my son, O., who is growing into quite a fine young man. And now I have […]

Newborn feet

Dear Son, You were born today at 8:20pm on a cold and rainy October evening.  Most everyone around us was paying attention to a federal election here in Canada.  For us, and for your Grammie and Grampa, the only thing in the world of importance was you.  Our beautiful and brand new baby boy. You […]

forest path

Trade-Offs

Dear Son, Life is a balancing act.  However much some ideologues might promise it to us, we cannot have everything we want.  When we choose one path, another path is lost to us.  This is why it is important to have good critical thinking skills, strong values, good character, and a powerful code of ethics.  […]

Comet

Pets

Dear Son, Your mother and I both love cats.  At the moment we have two of them, who will be as much your pets as ours when you are little, Comet and Isis.  They are loving, playful cats with not a mean bone in either of their bodies, although Comet makes up for the lack […]

Crib

Waiting Can be Hard

Dear Son, So, the “sweep” procedure didn’t get you to come early.  We find ourselves, that is Me, your mother, your Grammie and your Grampa, waiting to see when you’ll choose to arrive with baited breath. I had a long talk, mostly along the same lines as what many of these letters contain with your […]

planetary sunrise

Up Early

Dear Son, So today might well be the day! I’m up early this morning for a business call to Sweden that didn’t actually happen, and imagining what life is going to be like after you’re born.  Very different, I suspect! Today, a lot of people are skipping parenthood.  They would rather keep chasing their own […]

handshake

First Impressions

Dear Son, There is a popular saying that I want to make sure is in your lexicon: “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Right now this saying is not well-liked, but it is most definitely true. Human beings are forever judging each other.  We have to.  It is critical […]

Antique Clock

Down to the Wire

Dear Son, I’m a little behind on these, and hoping that I can make them all up in short order, while still writing some quality letters to you.  In the past few days, your mother and I have been assembling and disassembling more furniture, building toys, washing clothes, cleaning, and putting things away.  We’ve even […]

Parliament Building, Ottawa

Voting

Dear Son, There is a federal election coming up in Canada on the 19th of October; very close to the day you will be born! We were both worried that we might not be able to vote because the chances of your mother going into labor around that time were very high. So, despite the […]