take it from someone who's been 2 - savor it. 3 is alot, and don't get me started on the tax implications of 4
what percentage of salad do you still eat with your bare hands
OMG Whyldier is TWO?! Happy birthday little man.
What, so you get off on making people cry? You monster.
This hit as I was thinking about my essay for the week, which was also a kind of ode to my kid, who I didn’t realize is almost exactly a year older than yours? How’d I not know that. Anyway, fine job. The performance review was a great foil to the tender sweetness that came next. As always, I loved it.
This post was both hilarious and touching 🥲. The following made me laugh out loud: "you drop shit and then say ‘wha happen?’. Later in life this is called gaslighting"—ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
My daughter is turning 30 in a week and I will *always* miss holding her like you're holding your son in that photo.
This was deliciously funny and charming. It brought me back to when my twins were little. They are 26 now. My son was the comedian-- physical humor. I wrote down all the funny things my kids did and had to scrounge up goofy daughter things. Dylan was the star in that “Book of Cute.”Now he is the quiet one, listening, and will suddenly deliver a one liner that has everyone laughing out loud. He’s also a mechanical engineer and I hope his co workers know how funny he is. Teaching Wilder to be true to himself (within civilized parameters) is key. Love the photo. ❤️
I try not to be a regrets guy. You could always have done more (or less) or different. The very best thing, and the most valued in their eyes, are notes or letters (or Substack posts) we write to our children at some moment in time. Your memories will never be the same as the day you wrote it. Your son will one day treasure this.
My brother was born when I was 2. And I was no longer the center of my parents' universe. Life is tough 😭🤣
Wish I'd had a dad like you....
Alex, This is so beautiful. I think it’s my fav post so far. I love the performance review. And the gaslighting...amazing. What a kid you’ve got! It brought me back to when my son was two- he was also very attached to mama which was hard on both papa and mama. And you made a salad joke! Who knew salad could be so funny?
Omg why am I tearing up during work reading this LOL 🥲 but also laughing??? I love the details and emotion you brought in to this story!
thank you for sharing! here are all the answers:
Do you remember life at two? Any tips for my son?
i don't remember a lot, but i believe a friend of mine bit me at my 2nd birthday party. so, tell your son to look out for that guy. his name is lee.
If the 2-year old version of you could communicate his thoughts and feelings into readable English, what advice do you think they’d give to you?
market this magical ability i have! unless everyone has it! then just feed me!
Everyone shows love differently - if you’re a parent how do you show it to your kids? Is it different than how your parents were with you?
i don't have kids. i love you!
What training should I make sure to give Wilder to ensure he becomes a Big Comedic Success
whatever you do, he'll be able to turn it into Big Comedic Success. so you can do nothing. and that's what will do it for him! or do something. and that's what will do it. also he might not want to do comedy. what if he rebels? if you really want him to get into comedy, maybe you have to stop doing comedy? or keep doing it. whichever you want!
My advice as someone who has raised three epic sons and three epic daughters - or rather who raised me? Just love them to the best of your ability.
Happy birthday to Wilder! This is yet another funny and touching piece.
Look at Alex being such a big cutie with his getting bigger cutie.
Loved this so much. Such a wonderful way to keep in touch with Wilder and his parents. What you describe is so universal and yet so individual--both unite in an incredible way to give a deep and sensitive portrait. Thank you Alex (and Wilder) (and Lauren)