You are no doubt surprised to hear from me. This letter is a once in a lifetime event, brought to you courtesy of an extraordinary writing teacher. I don’t plan to tell you anything that would change the course of your life because I believe that everything, good and bad included, makes us who we are.
But I will give you one piece of advice and a few glimpses into the good things that happen to you after March 3, 1993, the day you await the birth of your first grandchild.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.’
I saw this quote on Facebook this morning.
Of course, Facebook has no meaning for you, as it won’t be founded until 2004, but I will tell you, your unborn grandchild will ‘friend’ you while in high school, and it will be a source of much joy. It will bring your future grandchildren closer to you when they are living in another state. You will watch your California grandnieces and nephews grow up and become parents.
In a few months, you will be present at the birth of Paul’s first child. You will always treasure the sight of your son holding that perfect little baby in his hands. The road won’t be smooth for Paul or for the baby’s mother, but Baby B will always be a sweet, funny, wise, book-loving imp.
Keep your spirits up! Know that you will live to a grand old age and meet many wonderful people along the way. You will discover a magical place called the People’s Resource Center in far away Wheaton. Retirement, experienced at the PRC, is the pot of gold you’ve always looked for. You won’t have grand adventures, but you will enjoy a multitude of small, heartwarming ones.
Enjoy your journey, until we meet again in 2016.
Much Older, Copacetic Me
Assignment: Letter to Self