Day 23: A letter to someone, anyone.
I’m going to write a few short letters because I am the worst at actually sending mail. The. Worst. Anything that’s not on my calendar gets forgotten, and sometimes things that are on my calendar get forgotten. It’s tough getting old, folks!
Dear Dad (and Mom),
Thank you so much for paying for [so much throughout my life but specifically] our wedding! It was a beautiful day and I can’t imagine a better outcome, unless it’s that your camera didn’t go missing. That is seriously the only bummer when I think back on that day.
I know that a lot of people can spend $30k+ on weddings but our wedding felt much more “us”. Plus it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend tons more on a wedding than my whole college education.
I’m sure that I’ve thanked you before but now that we’re eight years out and I’ve had more time to reflect, it’s one of my happiest memories. So thank you!
[Two for you! Good job!]
Thank you for recommending that I attend the University of Michigan-Flint. It wasn’t my first choice of colleges–I think we all knew that. I wanted to get a “real college experience” and wasn’t sure if that would happen on a commuter campus.
While I might have been completely fine on a traditional campus, seeing more and more statistics about on-campus deaths from drinking, on-campus sexual assault, etc., it makes me really happy that I was able to avoid those types of harsh life lessons. Plus I got to stay at home for a few more years [I know this was your plan, you didn’t fool anyone!], while spending time with you and mom, and eating mom’s delicious food.
I’m sure I would have wound up doing something great if I had chosen another school but since I wound up moving to California after college, I’m happy that I had extra time to spend with you. Plus I got a great education in Flint and was able to do a lot of things that I might not have done otherwise. Big fish in a small pond and all that. Thanks!
I have cards that I keep meaning to write out and send to you. I need to put that on my calendar so that I actually do it. It’s not that I forget in the grand scheme of things, it’s just that I forget day-to-day. I guess I should get them out and start writing in them now.
Thank you for taking care of my grandfather! I know that it can’t have been easy toward the end. I miss talking to him, and to you. You’ve been in my thoughts a lot. Card on the way shortly!
Happy Independence Day! I know it’s one of your favorites. 🙂 Wish I could spend it with you.
I’m sure there are more letters I could/should write but I think I’ll cut it off there. Now to write out the actual cards….