Dear Baby Jack

We’re family now.  Maybe we’re not the coolest hipsters on the block, but I think you’ll be happy here.

I hope you don’t mind some friendly words of advice and encouragement from your auntie. Words are my thing. And, there are a few things you may want to know about us.

Being the baby of the family has its perks. Take advantage of being the cute little guy who needs a few extra winks and a little bit more elbow room in life.

Marbles: Don’t steal them. Don’t eat them. The former didn’t work out for your mom. The latter didn’t work out for your cousin. It’s a weird family temptation. I don’t know….

Sometimes life makes you “Mad As A Pirate!” Some pirates are pretty awesome though, even when they’re mad. Feel free to tell the world to shove it. You’re Captain, Jack!

Despite their appearances, green witches have heart. Still, your mom can’t watch the Wizard of Oz. And, personally, I don’t think you should miss out on seeing it. So we can watch it together, okay?  Actually, that goes for any movie!

Run hard and fast at life. Papa always says, “Work Hard and Be Loyal.” It’s the family motto.

Mimi’s backyard is the best EVER! You’re going to love it.

Some of the best meals you’ll have in life will be with your dad. The food, the conversation, the hospitality: wonderful!

Books, stories, and using your imagination may be the closest thing there is to magic in this world. I’m going to buy you books. I’ll also buy you toys, but books are better. You’ll see.

A word about shenanigans: your uncle Josh loves them! In all things with him (EXCEPT for medical advice), seek a second opinion. Namely, Magnolia’s.

Love your brother. He’s endured some crappy stuff while your parents learned how to be parents. Also, he’s just a good guy.

Play the air guitar. Or the real one. No matter what, you’ll always be a rock star to us! Welcome to the family.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

3 thoughts on “Dear Baby Jack

  1. Congrats Jody! That’s so exciting and that you live in the same town as your sister so you can really share the excitement.

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