While Matthew Remski and Michael Stone were expecting their partners to give birth, they started writing letters to one another. Both men are teachers, practitioners and authors. Both men were approaching their 40th birthdays and entering new phases of their relationships. And they both noticed an absence of support and dialogue for expectant fathers.
So they wrote letters, where they discussed spiritual practice, the minutia of preparing for family life, their anxieties, their concerns and the changes that lie ahead. They told stories about their days and the people they met.
Once the babies were born, the correspondence slowly trickled to a halt, but Remski and Stone saw they had something that could benefit other parents. They decided to collect the letters into a book, which they hope will encourage conversation about what parenthood brings up. They’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign for the book, Family Wakes Us Up, to cover editing and production costs.
Co-author Matthew Remski sat down with IAYB to tell us more about the project. Remski, a writer, yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner based in Toronto, has also published an excerpt from the book on his blog.