Today’s Writing 101 challenge was to reinvent the letter. The last letter I wrote was to my husband when he was away for work, so today I decided to write a letter to my son in the future. He may not be a man yet, but he will be one day, and I hope that, on that day, he’ll read this and smile.
My goodness, how quickly you’ve grown! It can’t be possible that you’re a man now, instead of the tiny little baby I brought home from the hospital. Surely that was only yesterday?
Oh, who am I kidding? It was last month. I knew I should have tied that brick to your head sooner. 🙂
When I look at you, I still see the happy little boy you used to be. I suppose I probably always will, no matter how much taller than me you are. I hope that someday, you’ll have a house full of happy little boys (and girls?) of your own, but first, some advice.
- Help out around the house. Trust me, your wife will appreciate it.
- Don’t be a doormat. Stand up for yourself when necessary, no matter how uncomfortable it might be to rock the boat.
- Smile! You’ll never know what a difference it could make to someone else.
- Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t deserve what you really want.
- Always expect the unexpected, and be open to new experiences. Keep an open mind, and try new things.
- Don’t be reckless. It’s all right to take risks, but don’t take stupid ones. Don’t let, “Hey, y’all, watch this!” be the last thing anyone hears you say.
- Carry good health insurance. You never know when it’ll come in handy.
- Don’t quit a relationship because it gets hard. Life is hard. Let hard times draw you closer to that other person, and remember that you cannot appreciate the good times without the bad.
- Be faithful. Be a loyal and faithful friend to others, and be a loyal and faithful husband. Infidelity cuts to the core; don’t wield that knife.
- Ask for help if you need it, but keep in mind that sometimes the greatest help a person can give to another is to tell them no.
- Play with your children, and remember the things you found fun at their age. Spend quality time with them. Childhood goes by so quickly, so make the most of it.
- And finally, keep family traditions alive. Teach your children to play cards and to love Star Trek and to read all kinds of books. Memories are made through traditions. Share those with your children, and create new ones together.
Are these things the secret to a great life? Probably not. But they sure as heck can’t hurt.
Live well, my son, and strive to make the world a better place.
If you could write a letter to anyone, who would it be? What would you say?
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