Letters to Gus

Letters to Gus

I have a son. I write him letters.
May
25
Is this the right neighborhood?

Is this the right neighborhood?

A father writes to his eleven-year-old son after the massacre in Uvalde: “I’m an American. I’m a Texan, too. But, mostly, I'm at a loss.”
5 min read
May
22
Mental Meltdowns

Mental Meltdowns

In this letter to Gus: Golf is a hard game, but it can provide us with resolve to embark on a new journey.
6 min read
Mar
12
On Moving

On Moving

A letter to Gus in which we talk about moving and even get into a little Buddhist philosophy
4 min read
Oct
02
Conversations with Your Ten-Year-Old

Conversations with Your Ten-Year-Old

I know I haven’t remembered them perfectly, but these are pretty close and definitely capture the spirit of our banter.
4 min read
Nov
13
To My Third Grader on World Kindness Day

To My Third Grader on World Kindness Day

While we may not always understand why some people are unkind to others or why some people do bad things, what we can understand is that kindness is always the right answer.
3 min read
Sep
30
The Bully’s Pulpit: A Letter to Gus After an Un-Presidential Debate

The Bully’s Pulpit: A Letter to Gus After an Un-Presidential Debate

As we sat and watched, you turned to me and Mom and said, “Donald Trump is annoying. He won’t let Joe Biden speak.”
5 min read
Jul
24
To Whiz Among the Weeds

To Whiz Among the Weeds

Gus, you don’t seem in the least embarrassed about this predilection for peeing on pines, on pansies, on patches of grass, greenery, or gravel.
5 min read
Jul
04
Independence Day

Independence Day

The mark of a truly free and intelligent person is the ability to seek out those who disagree with you and to learn from them.
4 min read
Jun
26
Everything is Breakable

Everything is Breakable

My mind drifted to Indiana Jones and Harry Potter. I wondered if you were a Parselmouth and whether you secretly longed to join Slytherin House.
4 min read
May
29
The Diamond of Glory

The Diamond of Glory

One of the hallmarks of your imaginative play, Gus, is that you are fully committed to it. Sometimes, I even have to ask you to come out of character and be Gus for a while.
4 min read