Dear Jack: A Dad’s Letter to His Son on His 10th Birthday

10 years old!

Dear Jack,

This year, I’ve become fully aware of this paradox: When you were young, part of me longed to see you as a grown boy; and now that you are a grown boy, part of me longs to relive those days with you as a young boy and toddler.

It has deeply, emotionally affected me this year.

With me being on a furlough for a couple of months due to Covid, I not only had more quality time at home with you than I normally would, but I also had more focused time to write new songs.

Through the nearly 2 week process of writing and eventually recording my song about you, “That Boy’s Been Growing Up on Me”, I broke down crying nearly every time I sang it.

In fact, the finished recording was one of the few exceptions where I didn’t break down crying.

As I myself am now only 5 months away from turning 40, I rarely lend myself to emotional responses. I  have evolved into a person who rarely utilizes access to my “emotional control box”. Largely, my quality of life has undeniably improved since practicing this habit over the past couple of years.

But the one exception is my family; especially in regards to us all getting older.

I couldn’t be prouder of the 10 year-old version of you. I got exactly what I wanted.

I’m nostalgic for the present, like it’s the past.

Happy 10th Birthday, Jack! To say “I love you” is a laughable understatement.



Dear Jack: Your 10th Birthday Party, 2 Weeks Early on Halloween

9 years, 11 months.

Dear Jack,

One question that began circulating was whether Halloween would still be happening this year, because of Covid. Well, we took matters into our own hands at our house:

We had your 10th birthday a couple of weeks early, on Halloween, which just happened to be on a Saturday this year.

The entire party was outside/open air. Most of the time you and your dozen fellow 4th grade friends played out in the court.

The rest of the time was spent in our garage, with the garage door open; as we did some games and crafts, as well has served pizza and cake.

Oh, and Mommy and I went ahead and gave you your gift early too:

The new electric Razor dirt bike you have been wanting!