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Monday, July 26, 2010

Letters To My Son

I started writing letters to my son. Though I’m a little late (2 years) I feel it is something worth doing. I have had this urge to do so and finally set aside time to do it. I don’t follow a strict schedule, but I think once a month is good enough. I may try and go back and jot down memories as they come to me and catch up to current times.

Putting down into words all that is going on in his life will mean a lot to him sometime after I’m gone. I hope that won’t be for a long time, but you just never know. I would have given anything if my mom had written me even one letter before she died. Since she died when I was nine, my memories are of a nine year old and are sketchy at best.

My dad did think to write me one letter shortly before he died and I am grateful to have it. Hearing stories, thoughts, dreams and hopes in your own parents’ words at the time would be such a treasure to have. I want my son to know my feelings as they occur. I want him to know that I truly did love him right from the start.

Sometimes I just write a letter like I would to anyone I was going to mail. Other times I flip through a photo album and jot down thoughts next to the pictures. I did a photo book up for last year and then wrote a letter on the inside front and back covers as well as notes jotted down next to the pictures. I wish I had time to do creative scrapbooking, but I don’t. Besides, I think he’ll enjoy my words and the photos better than any fancy decorations.

I highly recommend you do this for your children. We all hope that we will be bouncing their children on our knees someday and will have plenty of time to share our stories, but you just never know. Let your children know how you feel at the time you’re feeling it. They will cherish it and you for the rest of their lives.

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