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 live in a modest home in an energetic small town.
Up until recently, 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.
There are plenty of fathers out there who find themselves in this uncomfortable position: Suddenly unemployed, our role as breadwinner reduced to crumbs.
That’s only a small part of this story.
The Older Dads/Younger Children web site will recount the ups and downs of men who find ourselves to be fathers, later in life.
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.