Friday, June 20, 2014


Dearest Daughter,

Well, for the first time this year, we had Easter without the Easter Bunny. And now we've lost a tooth without summoning the Tooth Fairy.

But just like at Easter when you shyly asked if we could hide eggs anyway, and I said we would hides for as many years as you wanted, you got some cash for that tooth anyway. Because when every day brings changes – this year alone you've had to deal with a new school and school friends, with Mommy and Larry’s breakup, and with the slowly encroaching changes in your body – there’s a great, reaffirming comfort in the rituals and traditions of childhood. And I’m absolutely okay with that.

This will be the first year without Santa too. You took that quite bravely, I thought. You seemed quite pleased with the idea of being able to be Santa yourself now.. to be part of making the magic now for Max just as he’s becoming old enough to believe.

I shared my favorite quote from Terry Pratchett’s book “The Wee Free Men” with you when we talked about Santa. – one that is dear to my heart:

 "It doesn't stop being magic just because you know how it works." 

And it doesn't.

 I love you. May there always be magic in your life, kiddo.