Letters to Gus

Letters to Gus

I have a son. I write him letters.
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
May
22
Am I Raising a Libertarian?

Am I Raising a Libertarian?

As you've grown up, you seem to have fixated on this idea that freedom will lead to happiness. But what is the relationship between freedom and happiness?
6 min read
May
15
Houston, We’ve Had Emotions

Houston, We’ve Had Emotions

Emotions aren't wrong or bad, Gus. They're just information our brain gives us to help us understand what's going on all around us.
6 min read
May
08
Thirty Seconds of the Real You

Thirty Seconds of the Real You

For thirty seconds on a Saturday afternoon, you brought your whole-self to bear on a particularly sticky problem. It was a great thing to watch.
3 min read
May
01
How You Came to Understand the Word “Tolerance” (or The Night You Told Your Mom to Shut Up)

How You Came to Understand the Word “Tolerance” (or The Night You Told Your Mom to Shut Up)

We don’t hug people that we tolerate. We don’t laugh with them either. We just sit in judgment of them, thinking ourselves better or superior or more important.
6 min read