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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Hard Work

Burdens

Dear Son, One of the things I see holding men back over and over again is a fear of being a burden.  They don’t share their thoughts or feelings, their creative works, or even their hopes because they are afraid of being a burden on others.  This can cause a lot of pain for a […]

Baby Clothes

Sproutfits

Dear Son, Today, I have just put on my first load of laundry for you to ensure that you have clean clothes waiting for you when you get home.  Just a couple of weeks now, and you’ll be with us.  I spent much of my morning lifting and moving heavy furniture, so that we could […]

Statue of Nike in the Cinquatenniare Park in Brussels

Over the 100 Mark!

Dear Son, My last letter, “That’s Offensive!” marked my 100th letter to you.  This has been quite a journey of self-exploration for me.  I have been asking myself certain questions constantly: “How can I help my son become a good man?” “Which books can I share and would love to be able to talk to […]

Father and Baby in Swimming Pool

Stay-At-Home-Dad

Dear Son, The shape of families has changed rapidly over the last three hundred years or so.  Our cultures has changed and is changing so much over the years that what is true about the shape of a family in one generation won’t be true for another. For many fathers in the past couple of […]