A little over two years ago, I decided to periodically write hand-written letters to my sons to capture some memories, personal father-son thoughts and other things important for me to say to them. I wanted to take the time to write them out by hand and personally deliver or mail them because I wanted the personal touch throughout – nothing printed from a computer or sent in an email.
Each of the letters has had a different focus – from early memories of their birth and childhood to discussing some aspect of their current life to the year in review to detailing what I believe as a Christian. While I had visions of writing them more frequently, I’ve only mustered four to each son over the past 24 months.
The idea first came to mind when I heard about a program called Letters from Dad that some men’s groups at churches follow. I decided to do my own thing rather than follow some other program, however.
I intend to continue writing these for all the years I am able. It is my hope that of all the physical things I might be able to pass on to them, that they will cherish these as much or more than anything else.
If you’re looking for something to pass on to your children or other loved ones, I suggest you consider an old-fashioned, handwritten letter. Put your soul into what you write and let it serve as a meaningful legacy long after you’re gone. For new parents especially, how awesome would it be if your children had a letter from you for each year of life you shared together? Even if it’s way too late for that (as in the case with my children ages 32 and 29), you can start now and make the most of the writing time ahead.
Leap year lesson #363 is Write letters to your loved ones.