A Secular Childhood: Letters to My Daughter — No. 32 “First Grade”

Dear Daughter,
It’s fall 2022 and a new school year has begun – first grade. More reading. More math. More everything. But so far so good! You like your teacher and this year seems promising.
You’re curious and innocent. You’re making new friends and meeting people who are different from you. You go on many adventures with the girl next door – usually barefoot. Your infectious smile lights up your whole face and brightens the world in your own special way.
You’re spunky. You put on your pretty pink princess dress to go outside and catch bugs. I love that about you.
You have developed a strong interest in art and I love that you now prefer drawing free hand to coloring pages. Your work hangs all over our little house. Daddy and I will do whatever we can to foster your creativity.
I’m a little frustrated that you think god, zombies, and Santa Claus are all real, but I try to remind myself that you’re only six years old. I am here to answer any questions that you have and I will look up answers if I don’t know. I’m not going to leave you hanging. There’s a lot going on in the world and I hope you learn to question everything.
Daughter, you are the future and I believe in you. Have a great year!


  1. Katydid says

    Your daughter is a total cutie-pie and looks very proud to be holding the sign. I love that you’re creating letters for your daughter to document her early life–you’ll both treasure them later. I do worry that you post her picture on line; would you reconsider doing that? It doesn’t seem safe (says this Old). Someone can grab the exif data from the picture and know exactly where it was taken.

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