Dear Max,

Tonight, I sit alone in a hotel room in Boulder  thinking about you, your brother, and your dad. And I miss you all more than ever!

I made a decision two years ago to come to the city and make more money so that I could help better support our family.  I wanted to be able to give our family more – things like a house, college tuition for you and your brother, a retirement plan, etc.  But I’m realizing more and more that, that probably wasn’t the best decision I’ve made.

I want to provide for our family, but I want my family more.  I want to be there for homework, to cook dinner and eat together, and for bed time.  I don’t know how much longer I can do this, but I miss all of you.  More importantly, I feel like I can’t contribute to you enough.  I want to give you the best life I possibly can, and if it means me working here for the rest of my life, I’ll do that…  I just want to be home again.