One Year of Letters

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July 1, 2015

Dear Kerry,

Tonight, after putting the littlest members of the family to bed (for the fifth time), you sat to write while your husband and oldest daughter watched television.

Your daughter commented, “He’s looking old.” Disgust registered on your beautiful twenty-year-old’s face as she considered the celebrity on the television. You glanced up to see a man about your age whose youthful energy sparked from his eyes.

“If you can’t say something nice…”

“Come on, he is looking old. I mean, he’s at least fifty.”

Ah, to see the world from the eyes of a twenty year old. Perspectives change with age, I suppose. Heck, to my five-year-old, the twenty-year-old is nearing decrepitude.
With the next show, my husband commented unflatteringly about a woman’s outfit.

You glared at him.

“Dad,” the twenty-year-old said, “You’re very critical.”

He shrugged. “What, I didn’t…

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