Saturday, August 18, 2007

Write them a letter...

~If you were to write your child a letter for them to read in the future, what topic would you choose? I've heard of some moms writing their child a letter every year of their birthday and giving it to them when they turn 18. I've heard of parents writing their un-born babies letters, for them to read at some point.

I just read through a collection of letters written from parents to their children. Some were sweet, some were funny, and they were all unique. Some of the titles were,

~"To be read on your wedding day," "To be read when you realize that I do not know everything or, more specifically, on the first day of your college philosophy class," "To be read when you first dent the car," "To be read on your first day of work."

Since reading them, I've been contemplating writing my boys a letter, but am still mulling over the topic and time I want them to read them, or bit of random wisdom I think they should know. What would you, or have you written to your children?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't quite the same thing, but something your boys will treasure for sure. Write about when you were growing up. Family information, vacations, memories, "who's related to who" and how, etc. My parents were both orphaned at a very young age so I know very little about my grandparents. I have lots of stories my parents told me about when they were young. They were always my favorite "bedtime" stories! Take the time to write these things down. Your grandchildren will cherish them too!

7:41 PM

Blogger truevyne said...

Got choked up just reading the post. No, I probably won't do that, but it's incredibly cool.

8:54 AM

Blogger Larissa said...

i love writing letters to my boy. i started when i found out i was pregnant with him. who knows if he'll appreciate it ever, all the thoughts and even some tears i put into it... but i think it would be fun to give to him one day when he's older and more inclined to appreciate it.... we'll see, i guess.
can't believe he's FIVE!!!! my goodness, he's still a little curly blond, chasing balloons, 2 year old in my mind!!

6:53 PM

Blogger Annie said...

Interesting timing... Over the weekend, I went through our computer desk and packed the contents up for our move. Among the clutter of the top drawer, I discovered a nicely folded letter I'd written to my daughter 6 years ago. We'd been going through a rough time, and I just wanted to express to her how much she was valued and loved, no matter what. I gave it to her. As she read it, she sighed a couple of "awww"s; when she finished, she asked me why I'd written it. I told her I guess I just needed to say those things to her somehow. She was silent. I hope it meant something to her. Letters are meant to reach their recipients eventually! I'm glad it happened.

9:28 AM

Blogger Kat said...

What a great idea! I definitely want to do that.

10:15 AM

Blogger The Booters said...

This is a really cool idea. when i have children i will be doing this. but what would i write to them and when would i want them to read this? I know i would want them to read them after I am gone. Anything i have to say in a letter i want them to know and hear from me as much as possible. but i would like to write down sort of a journal of our life together, memories that are fond to me, things about them that i love. both my mom's and tony's parents are gone and some of the coolest things are going through there stuff and the memories that those items bring back. It sends them back to another time and place. I can only imagine how much reading about times spent with their parents would only enhance those memories.

12:30 PM

Blogger Brody Harper said...

I'm blogging for the boys, so I've got that part covered.

12:44 PM

Blogger kddub said...

anonymous~ that is a very good idea. I love hearing stories of the past. My grandpa used to tell the best stories from his childhood.

Larissa~ that is great. I am sure he will appriciate it!

Annie~ what a cool coincidence. That is awesome that you found it then. Where are you moving?

Kat and Booters~ that is a good idea.. I try to do journals too.

8:22 PM

Blogger Grace said...

I actually started these books for my kids when they were born and it will be given to them when they're 18. I write random things they do that are cute, or moments to remember and special days. For example, (my oldest) cute saying when he was younger, how he responded when his brother and then sister came home, how he felt about Santa...just anything that you might would forget, but wouldn't want to. When I go back to read their books, I usually cry and say, oh my gosh, I remember that...I loved when he did that. I also, decided to write these books so if anything ever happened to me or down the road memories can become foggy. I can't wait to share these books with the kids when they are older.

9:20 PM

Blogger Annie said...

Just down to a house on Aeolia. Finally, Malachi will have a bedroom! We'll definitely miss the old place, though.

10:03 AM

Blogger kddub said...

Grace, that is such a sweet idea. I've done journals with my boys, and it is so fun to go back and read through.

Annie~ That will be nice for you guys!

9:16 PM


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