A couple of weeks ago, Child #4 (10 year old daughter) came up with the bright idea of making a homemade mailbox and affixing it to her bedroom door. Her goal? To receive lots of letters, primarily from her parents. But she didn't want just any kind of letter. Oh no. She wanted letters that extolled her many talents and skills!
So, I began leaving her short missives with messages about the joys of having her as a daughter, her exquisite piano playing, her thoughtfulness, her culinary capabilities, her mastery of the multiplication facts, etc.
Then, last week, I walked down the hall to discover mailboxes on my bedroom door. I couldn't wait to get a letter. A letter where Child #4 would write of my maternal love and kindness and thank me for quizzing her on her recent science test material, for staying up late to launder her favorite jeans, for inviting her friends over and feeding them treats and the list goes on and on.
Friday, April 8, 2011
The next morning, the corner of a piece of lined paper peeked up from the fold in my mailbox.
My first letter!
"Don't read it until you get back from taking me to school," instructed Child #4.
I rushed home, walking the dog a little more quickly than usual. I plugged in the kettle, then sat done to read my letter.
Happy Friday, everyone! If you're in San Diego, stay dry.