Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dear Melissa:

I haven't participated in Mama Kat's Writer Workshop for some time. So I thought this week would be a good week to jump back in. This week, I chose the prompt "write a letter to yourself from someone that has passed on." I chose my grandpa "pappy" who died 5 years ago.

Dear Melissa;
The last time I saw you, you were in quite a mess weren't you? I mean, you were a single mom and dating that looser who used you for your money. I worried about you. But, you already knew that. We were always close, you and I. And I am sorry I left before you could say good-bye. I know how much that hurts you to this day.

Anyways, I wanted to say that I am proud of you. And I approve. (Not that my approval means anything right...i am just a grumpy old man!) After I passed away, I wondered if you would ever get your life straight. You were in a bad place for a long time. Then, a year later you got pregnant with Aidan. I wondered what you were getting yourself into.

I am glad that you found Steve. You know that I tell it how it is..and you know that I would approve of Steve. He takes good care of you and those kids. And I can tell that you are happy. I am proud of you. You turned your life around when most people would have just let things stay they were.

You are a good mom. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I see those kids. They love you. And they should. I love you. You are a great person. You care..sometimes too much. I am sorry that I couldn't be around to see Damien grow up. He was a riot. I also am sorry I missed the chance to see Aidan, Morgan, and Noah grow up. You know how much I love my grandkids and great grandkids.

You are stronger then you realize. 7 years ago when I loaned you the money to help pay for a lawyer, I knew that even though you doubted yourself, you could do it, You could fight for Damien. And I knew that by helping you get the lawyer that would give you the strength. And you know what, you did it. You are strong. You fight for what you want and don't give up. (Stubborn like me)

I love you Melissa. I love who you have become. You overcame alot. And have done great with your life.

Now, don't go getting a big head. You still have a lot of "growing up to do!"

Love You Pappy!

My grandpa would always tell it to me straight...and be brutally honest. (If you asked him if you looked fat..he would say yes.)

I miss him everyday

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  1. Beautiful letter. Sounds like you had a very good man for a Grandpa, someone who you could truly lean on.

  2. What a great letter, I also wrote from my Grandpa. Such huge influences, aren't they?

  3. I know he would be SO proud of you now. This was a great letter. You did an awesome job with the prompt!

  4. That's a really beautiful letter. You're Grandpa seems like he was a great man.

  5. Your Grandpa sounds like a very nice guy to help you out and support you. No wonder you miss him every day!

    Visiting from Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.


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