at our most tender


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my brother Sean and my wife Tessa at 6 years old

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my nephew Lucas, and my bro-in-law Jon at 6

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my brother Kent at 6; my dad at 6


Barnaby, who turned 6 on Saturday

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my sister Michelle and my nephew Sean Patrick at 6

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my brother Steve at 6; me at 6

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my mom at 6; my daughter Lucy at 6

We are all of us, a group of 6-year-olds who somehow made it. We stand together against a culture that allows something like this to happen to someone our age, and our hearts go out to the ones who don’t get to go on any further.

If you have one, post a picture of you – or yours – at six, because we were all there, and our most vulnerable parts never leave us.

[And now, more… Send them to me (by email or FB) and they’ll join us here! – ed.]


Caitlin and Milena at 6


the lovely Kate’s Will and cousin Justin discussing being 6


from Lara: Mia at 3 joins Mallory at 6


Rebecca D’s triplets(!) at 6 for Late Night with Roy(!)


Sean M. padded for adventure at 6


my wonderful old friend Nicole at 6

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Nick and Julia at 6, courtesy of Shannon V.


oh my god! Chip at 6!


Sharon F. at 6 – that clown painting gave me nightmares in middle school!

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Sharon’s Benjamin, Lilah and Noah, all at 6


Heath’s daughter Leah at 6 years old

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aha! Jody at 6 – not to be confused with daughter Mischa at 6


Hi Liz Mann! your Sarah at 6

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KSA’s trifecta: Ella, Hannah and Charlie, all at 6


Rebecca and Matthew’s Henry at 6 – go redheads

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…and their Sarah and Ethan, also at 6

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Michelle H., then her daughter Hayley at 6


let us not forget NC’s own Alvis D. at 6

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commenting fave JJE at 6, and her son mid-pool at 6


my Purple Housemate Matt’s son Max at 6


photographer Deb A. herself pictured at 6


sparring partner Matt H. at 6, holding sister

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Julie SP’s Jake loses a tooth, and Alex cheers for Carolina at 6 years old

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Bridget takes time off cheering for Franco Harris and Mean Joe Green; Keely rocks a peacock, both at 6 years old


Emma at 6…

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…then her Mary Emma and Frederick at 6

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Diana F’s Alexandra and Matthew at 6 (don’t us redheads look like royalty?)

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Salem’s li’l Lillie-Anne at 6 (I believe I was at this event!) – and our Neva gives us Eden at 6


hey, it’s Lisa in Maui at age 6!


fans of Charlotte W. simply must enjoy her en quatrième ouverte à six ans


one of my favorite directors Amy RS gives us Ronen at 6

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Erik F. swingin’ at 6; Carey F’s son just shy of 6

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6-year-old equestrienne Katie (SLS) and her son Ben at 6

9 thoughts on “at our most tender

  1. Lara

    Daughter Mallory at 6 (with sister Mia at 3).
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  2. mom

    Ian, this may be the greatest blog you have ever written. I cried all the way through reading it and looking at those six-year old faces.

  3. guest

    Now We Are Six
    Author: A.A. Milne
    When I was one,
    I had just begun.
    When I was two,
    I was nearly new.
    When I was three,
    I was hardly me.
    When I was four,
    I was not much more.
    When I was five,
    I was just alive.
    But now I am six,
    I’m as clever as clever.
    So I think I’ll be six
    now and forever.


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