Letters to My Son: 1 November 2020

For NanoPoblano this year I chose to write letters to my son. I’m not yet sure if I’ll write a letter each day for 30 days or choose the method of 10 days of posting, 10 days of commenting, 10 days of sharing. I chose this theme though because my son is one of the most important people in my life and too often the busy world we live in doesn’t leave me much time to say to him the things I want to say. I also decided to write the letters out and give them to him. Happy blogging! 🙂

Dear K.,

How long has it been since I’ve written anything? Too long. I couldn’t tell you exactly because I tend to delete or crumble up everything I write, not appreciating the weight of my words, always feeling as though they’re imperfect and insufficient in their raw form. As I write these words I can’t help but be drawn to the words “they’re” and “their,” they’re words that you used to confuse in your texts to me and that I always used to call attention to. You’ve gotten so much better at knowing how to use each form of the word.

You and I have been talking a little bit lately about finding identity, figuring out who we are, finding our places in the world. I appreciate these conversations, I appreciate that you are curious about the world and how it works and how you fit into it. I appreciate that you think beyond the “now,” that you are already thinking about tomorrow, about the future. You’re wise beyond your years, far too mature far too soon.

You’re always curious about something new, you learn quickly and are always eager to learn something else. Right now you’re interested in learning how to cook. Maybe you should’ve learned how to do this already, you’re already seventeen and while you can make some foods I think you should know how to make several more dishes than you know how to right now. I’m not the best cook but there are others in our lives whom you could learn a lot from.

My greatest hope for you is that you hold onto being young and carefree for as long as you can. The world is such a wondrous place, there’s so many places to go, so many things to learn, so many people to meet, so much life to experience. When you think you’ve learned it all, I hope you find something new to try. Try your hand at pottery, publish a book of poems, taste foods that originate in other countries and try making some of them on your own. (I would love to help if you want some company.) Learn to build something with your hands, volunteer to feed the homeless, learn about different religions.

The world is so full of things that most people never get the opportunity to experience, but sometimes you can do great things where you’re at if you’re able to recognize the opportunities when they’re presented. My hope for you is that you never lose your desire to learn and that you always, always stay curious. 💚


NaNoPoblano, or National Blogging Month, is a blogging challenge that takes place in November. There’s two ways to participate- post something every day for the whole month of November or post something of your own for ten days, comment on the posts of others for the next ten days, and then share a post each day for the last ten days. Its a great way to meet bloggers and to discover blogs you haven’t had the opportunity to visit before. Either method you choose I hope you’ll think about joining us!

Here’s a link to the site that will tell you more about it:



    1. Thank you. 🙂 I’ve been telling myself for awhile now that I would write letters for each of my kids, my son is the only one right now who is old enough to want to read them though, I think. I originally wrote the letter out on notebook paper and after I typed it out I gave it to my son. I think he enjoyed it. That’s a great idea to write letters to your kids on their birthdays. I bet they love receiving them. 🙂

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