My name is Charlie Walker. My lovely wife Andrea and I were married in 2005.
In 2007, we welcomed Emmalee into our world.
She was the first – and only – child for either of us.
I was 49 years old. Andrea was 32.
We recently moved to Florida, where we live in a modest and comfortable home, within our means.
Once upon a time, I was employed as an editor and writer for a B2B publications/communications company. When the company was forced to cut costs, seven people – including me – received our walking papers.
I wasn’t making a lot of money – but enough to make me an easy target for the axe.
The bulk of my occupational experience was in the publishing industry, working nearly 20 years at a newspaper, writing and editing online publications, freelancing …
I wasn’t the first father who found himself in this uncomfortable position: Suddenly unemployed, our role as breadwinner reduced to crumbs.
As they say, when one door shuts, another one opens. I spent time scrambling in “gotta have a job” positions, until I eased myself back into the education field where I now thrive.
The Older Dads/Younger Children web site recounts the ups and downs of men who find ourselves to be fathers, later in life — and the other challenges they face.
There are many, many advantages we share in our later-in-life child-rearing experiences.
Some our funny. Some show the advantage that wisdom – wisdom that comes with life experience – can have.
There are also drawbacks, but they are far outweighed by the joy that fills this very special time in our lives.
I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It makes me who I am and defines my life and future; it makes my wife and me who we are and forges a special bond in our own relationship.