Thursday, April 07, 2011

Letter to Baby

I had grand plans to write this letter before our baby was born. And when we found that that we were going to be induced, I decided that I’d write it after labor, on the day of his birth. Well, anyone who has had a baby or has been present for the birth of a wee babe will tell you that that was just about the dumbest idea ever. 

Suffice to say, the letter did not happen on Ben’s Birth Day. 

It’s a letter that I’ve written numerous times in my head but has always sounded too formal, sappy, or preachy on paper. 

But somehow yesterday it came together. And it’s probably a little sappy and preachy but I suppose that’s forgivable for first time parents. 

I talk about how much he means to us, our dreams for him, and how much we love him. Mostly, we want our baby to be happy and lead a fulfilling life. Isn’t that what every parent wants for their child? 
I have a few letters that my parents wrote to me for a high school retreat that were of a similar vein. I think many children know they are loved; they hear it frequently from their parents. But to see it in a letter, to picture your parents collecting their thoughts and putting the words to paper; that’s special too.