Clint Is Back With A Brand New Invention

Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years.

My son Henry is a masterful teacher. He’s only two, but, as Emerson wrote, “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”

And Henry is always in action. 

To begin each morning, Henry runs to Penny, our Cavapoo (a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle), gives her a giant bear hug, and says, “Hiiiiiii, Pennnnyyyyy!” He then says hi to everyone else in the house with enthusiasm Mark “Mad Dog” Madsen would have trouble matching. 

But it’s Penny who gets the first hug. She never leaves Henry’s side: When Henry eats, she eats. When Henry cries, she cries. When Henry sleeps, she sleeps—right by his side.

Their love for each other is expressed through action. Of course, their options are limited. One is a two-year-old with a limited vocabulary, and the other is a dog. And yet, they flawlessly communicate in the most beautiful of languages: love.

They used to call Reagan “The Great Communicator,” but I’m confident Henry could give the Gipper a run for his money. You always know how Henry feels. He’s unambiguous, genuine, and unafraid to express himself. In Henry’s presence, love and understanding emanate. 

That’s how I want to live my life.

A few months ago, I started writing a daily newsletter titled “The Morning Beehive.” It was a collection of my thoughts on the news of the day, links to essays and short stories I like, and music I was listening to while writing the thing. Some people liked it; most people hated it—the story of my life.

Today, I’m proud to announce that I’m back—kind of. I can no longer pretend to care or be knowledgeable about what’s in the news every day. I don’t have the consistent outrage or punditry gene required for such a task. Instead, I’d like to follow Henry’s example and see if this platform can’t emanate some love and understanding. 

The “Dear Clint” newsletter will be published every Thursday. Together, as best we can, we’ll give and seek advice, offer support and insight, and pursue understanding.

To start, I’d like to know who’s been an influential teacher in your life. Who’s your Henry? I’ll be sending Cotopaxi fanny packs to the first five people who reach out.

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Thank you for being my friend.