I love this picture our friend David Andrews (genius) took of my Ben and me. This image speaks to everything I want to be to my boys: a welcoming place to lean, a safe territory from which consider what's out there.
Ben won't fit much longer, though, into that curve where my hip becomes my waist. His older brother is already way too tall for this, and too cool. And I know my opportunities to keep them safe are limited and quickly diminishing.
Today's column in the Times Free Press is a rumination on the challenges of telling my boys difficult truths without making the world seem a terrifying place. And letting them know they'll always have someone to talk to about all of it.