Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Different Kind of Resolution

By Ellery Adams

Yes, I've started the typical New Year's diet and have other goals for 2013, but this year, I've decided to launch a different, more lasting resolution. I've been thinking about how I've primarily used my writing to entertain adults, but I haven't written anything meaningful for my own children.

This year, I decided to start writing letters to my children. They'll be little snapshots - brief memories captured in print instead of on film or video. I'll keep them all in a computer file (with a back-up or two) and when they're leaving for college or getting married or whatever the milestone may be, I'll present them with a book of bound letters. Of memories. Of love.

Here's an example of one I wrote for Troll #2 (aka Sophie):

I was vacuuming today and you asked if you could help. I said “sure” and showed you how to use the vacuum. You made me smile because the thing is about as tall as you are and yet, there you were, pushing it all around the kitchen. I watched you and thought (for the hundredth time) how I never worry about you. You are going to be okay no matter what you end up doing as an adult. Do you know why? Because at six years old, you already possess the two most important traits a person can have. Kindness and joy. You have many other wonderful traits too. You're smart, beautiful, and lots of fun. But above all else, you are kind and full of joy. So I never worry about you. I just watch you light up rooms and make people smile.

What do you think of my idea? Have you ever written a letter for a family member and saved it for later? Did you ever receive one?