I need to start reading my Facebook wall more often, I guess. I had no idea Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, were expecting a second baby girl. They announced the happy news in March – MARCH, for heaven’s sake. According to his March post, Mark was hoping for another girl and his wishes were answered. Yesterday the couple announced the birth of their daughter, August. August is one of my favorite words. It means, “marked by majestic dignity or grandeur.” August is also the month she was born in so there’s that, too. Of course the announcement was posted to Facebook and like they did for their first daughter, Max, they posted a letter to Little August. Whereas they talked about the future in Max’s letter, they write in August’s about the present:
And the caption says:
Welcome to the world! Your mom and I are so excited to see who you will become.
When your sister was born, we wrote a letter about the world we hoped she and now you will grow up in — a world with better education, fewer diseases, stronger communities, and greater equality. We wrote that with all the advances in science and technology, your generation should live dramatically better lives than ours, and we have a responsibility to do our part to make that happen. Even though headlines often focus on what’s wrong, we still believe these positive trends will win out. We’re optimists about your generation and the future.
But rather than write about growing up, we want to talk about childhood. The world can be a serious place. That’s why it’s important to make time to go outside and play.
You will be busy when you’re older, so I hope you take time to smell all the flowers and put all the leaves you want in your bucket now. I hope you read your favorite Dr. Seuss books so many times you start inventing your own stories about the Vipper of Vipp. I hope you ride the carousel with Max until you’ve tamed every color horse. I hope you run as many laps around our living room and yard as you want. And then I hope you take a lot of naps. I hope you’re a great sleeper. And I hope even in your dreams you can feel how much we love you.
Childhood is magical. You only get to be a child once, so don’t spend it worrying too much about the future. You’ve got us for that, and we’ll do everything we possibly can to make sure the world is a better place for you and all children in your generation.
August, we love you so much and we’re so excited to go on this adventure with you. We wish you a life of joy, love and the same hope you give us.
Mom and Dad
I’ve warmed up to Mark. I have huge issues with many things he’s done but I definitely see him in a new light now. I very much like Priscilla and Max&Beast are the greatest crime-fighting duo to inhabit my imagination. I’m sure I will come to adore August as well. But the letter is – let’s say, interesting – coming from someone who relies on people focusing on their screens as his bread and butter. I hope all those things for my kids as well, that’s why they don’t have Facebook accounts. Can you see him regulating internet time? “Hey, girls – no internet.”
“But Daaaaad – you own it!”
It’s a lovely note and I can’t disagree with any of it, even though I can tease the hell out of him for writing it. I honestly wondered when he spoke about the carousel if they had one built in their backyard, but then I realized that was probably just a metaphor. And stop projecting your Vipper bias, Dude – maybe Gus Gus is going to be more of a Lorax fan? But I have to ask: Gus Gus gets a cute post after Max got a whole initiative upon her birth?!? Holidays are going to be rough, man – you’ll be hearing about that well into your Autumn years. I assume as soon as Gus Gus knows enough language to complain, Stanford will break ground on the August Chan-Zuckerberg School of You Owe Me.
In other baby news – Michael Phelps has announced he and Nicole are expecting baby number two (I am getting out ahead of it this time). I’ll let you know Boomer’s thoughts on that as soon as I get them. In the meantime, congratulations to all. And thank you to the Chan-Zuckerberg family you for the opportunity to post pics of Max and Beast.
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