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Naming Names

My husband often repeats a family catch-phrase, "Call me anything but late for dinner". I guess I can go with that. I am who I am no matter what I am called.  Although I have been touchy about some things. I don't like people shortening my name to Lynn. My sister-in-law is the only one who gets away with that. Oh, and when I was a child I was called "Ninna" because one sister couldn't say my name. When my two oldest sisters were alive they used that pet name now and then. In addition to all of the mispronunciations due to an unorthodox spelling of my name, I have more names through the years: Mrs., daughter, Mom (Mommy, Mother), Grammy, etc. And in recent years I am again called, Sweetie, Dear, Honey, by absolute strangers … [Read More...]

Life, Love and Parenting

You are Enough!

I wish I had learned all of this the first time. I think it bears repeating…and so I am bringing this letter forward. Dear Granddaughter, I have been thinking about who you are.   You are smart; you are beautiful; you are kind and generous (btw, no one is 100% on this);  you are clever and […]

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On the Day You Were Born

On the day you were born the round planet Earth turned toward your morning sky, whirling past darkness, spanning the night into light. On the Day you Were Born, Debra Frasier I can almost transport myself to that day…the anticipation, the pain, the joy, and the instant alarm that never completely obliterated the joy. In […]

Kellee, Paul, Mark and Mary

Magical Parenting

To My Dear Children: I don’t think about or analyze it much, but scratch the surface of parenting and I see the ugly underbelly of being a child raising children. You have all made a liar of statistics. Predictions for children born to teenage parents are not encouraging. But let’s look at the positives: 1) […]

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FORM LETTERS

Welcome to My World of Letters

Many of you are looking for a specific letter for ideas to help you write to someone you love. You are welcome to take what you need from this site for your personal use. But here’s the deal. You can do it yourself.  Go to the top of the main blog page or click here […]

…on the Birth of a Child

So many of you are looking for a letter to your new child, I am re-posting this. Dear Child of Mine, Since before your first breath you have been cherished. You were born into love. What a miracle you are. The grip of your tiny fingers fills me with joy that now rests in my […]

Loving…no matter what…

I sometimes bring this letter forward from my archives because there seem to be a lot of people searching for letters to write to their own children.  Originally post December 3, 2011. Dear Children, I am think of unconditional love today.  Of what it really means. I love you.  Without qualifying conditions. You needn’t earn […]

…On Your 21st Birthday

NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who are looking for an idea or a template for a letter of your own. Happy Birthday! Where have these years have gone. If I close my eyes I can still feel your tiny […]

…on Having a 21-Year-Old Granddaughter.

I first published this when my first Granddaughter turned 21 in 2009. Now three of my grandchildren have attained this magical age. Ah, how the time files. I am re-publishing this because I have so many requests for Letters to Grandchildren as they grow to adulthood. To my Granddaughter: Twenty-one years ago today my life […]

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Judging Myself by Others

It isn’t all bad, you know. It’s a reality check…a way of seeing myself in a mirror of my surroundings. On the phone my son and I were discussing my path in life. I called him to check in with ideas on changing the world and we got sidetracked to our impact on that world […]

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What Do I Expect of My Life?

“If you had only five years to live, what would you change? It was a simple box of conversation cards at the coffee shop that once again shifted my attitude. From the 20-year-olds at the table the answers came fairly easily. For the 50-somethings the answers were more serious in keeping with their ages and […]

Lynda with Ally 1988

The Grandparent Thing

“There were no mirrors in my Nana’s house/no mirrors in my Nana’s house/So the beauty that I saw in everything/the beauty in everything/was in her eyes/like the rising of the sun. I only knew love and I never knew hate.” Ysaye M. Barnwell What was my model for grandparenting? Interesting question! Thinking back to when […]

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