The Fourth Child (Eleven)

With your first children, it’s easy. You schedule every detail about their birthdays, whether a party is planned or not. You cook them all their favorite meals. You wrap their presents two weeks in advance and buy special plates and napkins. You design a cake just for them. With your fourth child, you have the…

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14

Dear Aaron, Last year, on the occasion of your birthday, I celebrated thirteen reasons I love you. Those reasons spanned the gamut, from your smile to your confidence to your love for our animal housemates (no, I’m not referring to your sisters), but every one of them encompassed you. I went on to wish you…

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Ten

Life has become so busy these days that it wasn’t until I came down the stairs, prepared my coffee, and booted up my computer this morning that I realized I hadn’t written anything about Melina’s birthday. No, I didn’t forget the date or that she’d be turning ten today. I didn’t even forget that it…

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Sixteen (Wild and Precious)

Dear Zoe and Dear Talia, Today of all days I feel as though I should address you individually. You are, after all, each celebrating a sixteenth birthday. But as usual, this letter is going to be to the both of you because—let’s be honest—you’re both very much alike and maybe, I’m just a little bit…

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Thirteen Reasons

Thirteen reasons I love you, Aaron (to celebrate your thirteenth birthday, of course!): Your red hair. Your patience with your little sister (although these days, that patience sometimes wanes). Your dedication to the feline and canine friends that live with us. Your ability to put on paper something you envision. Your wiry arms that still…

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Teaching Me

Insomnia stinks. Those of you who suffer from it know I speak the truth. I’ve suffered two episodes of insomnia in the past week: the first came just about a week ago, and the second occurred last Thursday night. While I’m not entirely sure of its cause, I think I had trouble sleeping because I…

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