Wow. I was head down working on Library of Memories all day — I lost track of time and then had to race upstairs and get the soup on.
I was NOT expecting so many amazing comments. It is clear that we ALL have important things to say to the ones we love — seriously girls there are some important and potentially life-altering letters that need to be written.
I have selected the following THREE women to receive a seat in Amy’s class, for reasons that might be apparent to you — something about adopted daughters, 16 year-old boys and husbands that need to hear how appreciated they really are. Ok, I guess I have some letters to write too!
Kristen says: December 2, 2009 at 11:21 am (Edit)
My mom. I’m adopted, and my birthparents contacted me when I was 25 (I’m 42). I’ve now got a good relationship with my birthfamily, of which my parents — especially my mom (my adoptive mom, whom I call my *real* mom, as opposed to my birthmom) — have always been extremely supportive. But this year, my parents and I somehow got our emotional wires tangled, and they began to feel (unnecessarily) threatened by my relationship with my birthfamily. I won’t get into the nitty gritty, but there were some sort of awful conversations, and though we’ve patched things up, I feel our relationship is still at an “eggshells” point — which it has never, ever been before all this mess. I’m hating it, and would love to give my mom a gift of words that would help her fully understand what her being my *real* mom really means to me, and how it can never, ever change, no matter what. :]
Jane says: December 2, 2009 at 9:44 am (Edit)
I would write a letter to my 16 year old Son. We’ve grown distant over the last year and hardly speak…apart from arguing or his teenaged ‘grunts’ in response to anything. I would love to know how and what to write to him this Christmas. He is my firstborn – and I miss him.
Jenny McGee says: December 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm (Edit)
My letter would go to my husband. He is going through some tough things right now,and I would love to write and tell him all the good that has come from our life together. Tell how good of a father he is to our two boys. Just let him know he is loved and appreciated each and every day. This is something that is not done enough in life. You gotta tell them before they die and you regret it. No Regrets… Thanks
WINNERS, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and put WORDS in the subject line.
And … if you are in the not-so-lucky group today, then read what Cheri has to say …
I took this class last year and LOVED it. I would encourage everyone who doesn’t “win” to spend the $10 and take the class. I guarantee that your Christmas cards will be more meaningful and you will save far more than the $10 on gifts you don’t have to buy because you’ve found a way to “say what you need to say.” Which is definitely a win!
This year I need to do a word gift to my Mother. Which sounds like so many other responses on this board, but my case is a little different. I grew up with a step-mom who was my MOM in every sense of the word. She died at age 56 of kidney cancer (11 years ago). I miss her terribly still. Only because of my Mom, was I able to have a relationship of sorts with my Mother throughout my life. Mom kept my Mother and I in touch from the time I was four years old. Somehow, when Mom died, my relationship with my Mother suffered and became very strained. In fact, it broke entirely for a few years. Now we are speaking again, but it is very surface stuff. And I want to be a better person and get past it all. Life is too short. And she needs to know that ~in my own way~ I do love her very much. I’ve already taken the class and have “forever access” so I don’t need to win – but having the class interaction would be very motivational for me.
I’m going to give Cheri a pass into this year’s classroom — just for fun.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to share your thoughts on my blog
Here’s the LINK (again) so you can make word gifts a part of your plan this Christmas.