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Tech for Tots

Allie: O;)??i?$73 Me: Hi sweetheart, how is your day? Allie: Gsksjsofjfjserr Me: Are you ready for your birthday? I can’t believe you’re going to be 5!!! Allie: Gwygegeyeu Bhhdydhsydhdydh Me: I love you, Princess. XOXO Allie: I. Love. You. Daddy And that is roughly what 99% of my text message communications with my daughter look like.Typically just a string of nonsensical characters, only rarely forming any word […]

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What She Needs

I was always taught that there are very few times when a grown man should cry – Funerals, and that sort, I suppose. My own personal list, however, of permissible occasions for a man to tear up a bit definitely includes those few minutes when I am returning my daughter to her mother after a week […]

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Christmas Countdown

This is my first holiday season as a long distance father. Last year I lived in the same town as my daughter, then age 3, and I saw her every other weekend and one night during the week (sometimes over night). I was living in a small two bedroom apartment just minutes from her. During […]

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Letter to My Supportive Partner

Having recently (within the last year or so) become a long distance parent, I’ve done some considerable reading on how best to maintain a relationship with my daughter and cope with the multitude of emotions involved. Of all of the advice I’ve read, perhaps the most important thing is to have a strong support system […]

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Need Christmas and Extended Family

The other day I got a very short email, simply: Any ideas for you and Allie for Christmas? What’s she into? Love, Mom I closed out of the innocuous and harmless request for ideas and started to feel a little choked up and sad. Truth be told, I guess I kind of know what Allie is into. I mean, Barbies […]

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Sorry, Not Sorry

To Whom it Really Doesn’t Concern, I’m sorry if you somehow felt uncomfortable that I smiled and said “hi” to your little girl while as we crossed paths the other evening. Yeah, I’m the early-30-something guy walking up and down the aisles of the local grocery store, alone with my list in hand, but I assure […]