Today is my daughter Erin’s thirtieth birthday. She is the joy of my life, and as I have done on every one of her birthdays since her very first one, I gave her a letter that expresses how very proud and honored I am to be her father.
Giving Erin her birthday letter is a cherished tradition between us. We both save a copy for the sake of posterity. It’s awe-inspiring to look back through these annual letters and trace the arc of her life year by year.
My grandfather (my sister and I would come to call him Grampo) started the tradition by writing a birthday letter to my sister and me for much of our childhoods. He was a star letter writer, as I’ve written in an earlier post. Here are the letters that Grampo wrote to me on the day I was born and for my first eight birthdays.
Parents, it’s never too late to start this tradition. That goes for you too, grandparents. In fact, you could reverse the flow and write a letter to your own mom and dad on their birthdays. You could also start writing an annual love letter to your wife or husband on the occasion of your anniversary.
Just stop and think for a moment how your loved one will cherish these letters. After all, if you were on the receiving end, wouldn’t you look forward to each one and save them forever? I’m thinking that would be a yes.
OPTION: Instead of or in addition to a birthday letter, create a short video of yourself either reading the letter or just taking a few minutes to tell your child how wonderful they are and how much you love them. Again, how much would you value having a video from your own parent or grandparent telling you how much they love you? After doing this for a number of years, you could even splice all the videos together to create a priceless keepsake that your child will treasure until the end of time.
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