Sunday, May 27, 2012

To My Future Children

I have to make an apology to you.

Your father and I, we are kind of, well, dorks.
I am, anyways. And he puts up with me. So does that make him a dork by association?

We will embarrass you. Know how I know? Because I embarrass myself.
And because parents embarrass children. That's just how it goes.
Just think of the wonders I could do for you!

Regardless of this, you will be loved more than you can ever truly imagine.

I hope you get your Daddy's green eyes.
But my big brown eyes would be good, too.
And maybe your Uncle David's hair.
So that he's not the only ginger in the family.
But whatever you look like, I'm sure you will be beautiful.

You will probably know how to use a computer before you can walk.
You will be given crayons, pencils, chalk, anything you want as long as you can express yourself.
(And hopefully not throw them at Mommy. Mommy doesn't like that)
But if you would rather play sports, we will support you. I may not understand the games, but I will show up every time.

And I would get used to cereal. Or learn how to cook.
Daddy is a good cook, but your Mommy, her, not so much.
Let's just say we will be eating at Grandma's a lot. She will love to cook for you. As long as you compliment her food. And eat your vegetables.

You will not be raised with a particular religion, but you will know right or wrong.
You will be honest, and treat others with fairness and kindness and respect.
You will learn love by watching Mommy and Daddy, and know that love can conquer all.
You will do chores and learn responsibility.
But most of all, I hope that you will learn what happiness feels like before you ever feel pain or heartache.

I will not always be your best friend. You will dislike me sometimes.
And that's alright.
But I will always be there for you.
I promise to give you the benefit of the doubt, no matter what.
I promise to always give you a chance to explain your story.
I will accept that sometimes you may not like me, and maybe even hate me.
But there will come a day that you will understand.



read to be read at yeahwrite.me

28 comments:

  1. This is so sweet, but I assure you, by the time you finish with the teen years, you will feel no remorse for any of the embarrassment or hardships bestowed over the years. In fact, you may feel the need to add more to the list to even out the playing field. HAHA!

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  2. I am surprised that you are so wise despite not having children yet. I am positive you are going to be a fantastic mom.

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  3. You will be an amazing mom. You already understand that babies are people who have just begun to reveal themselves to you.

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  4. You will be a great mother! The learning curve is huge and unending but it sounds like you have a pretty damn good foundation!

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  5. Nice. I love the letter-to-my-future-kids approach. Well-written.

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  6. This is so sweet! I'm pretty sure I manage to embarrass my teens often. It's not like it's my fault they are so ridiculously easy to embarrass. Besides, they've embarrassed me often enough to deserve it.

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  7. Aww, what a great letter! Your future kids will appreciate it, some day...

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  8. It sounds to me like you're going to make a fabulous mom! I'm a #YeahWrite newbie. SO glad I stopped by. I loved reading this letter...

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  9. I love this letter to your unborn children. Love it~

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  10. sisterhoodofthesensiblemomsMay 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    This will be so neat for your future children to have and for you to look back on, too. Nice idea and nicely done. Ellen

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  11. beautiful and sweet.What a treasure to share with your future kids!

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  12. Beautiful letter. Your kids will be so very lucky :)

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  13. Future children? Are you expecting? I think it's beautiful that you are already thinking about you want to raise your kids, before you bring them into this world. If only every parent could do that? It would change the world. Good for you! Stopping by from Yeah Write. :)

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  14. Haha I was afraid people would think that. No, I'm not. I would love children, but the dork and I just aren't where I want to be in life to have children. But a lot of people my age are having kids, so it gives me a lot to think about if I was in their shoes.

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  15. What touching words! It sounds like you already have so much love in your heart for the little one(s) that are not yet born. It sounds corny, but I believed I loved my children long before they were even conceived.

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  16. This was very sweet! I can already tell that you'll be a great mom.

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  17. This is so beautiful, Jessica! I'm sure you'll be the best mum your future child can ever have ;)

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  18. Lovely letter, and I can tell you as a mom, yes, yes, yes.

    Also, I actually kinda look forward to embarrassing my boys in future, haha!

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  19. Sounds like you already know a lot about how it goes. Execution is the hard part. And I don't mean of the kids.

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  24. As the future Grandma, GG or Gma I have to say that this is a beautiful thing that you have done and you will have awesome and adorable kids one day. I am looking forward to it but truthfully If you can wait about 5 years for you to be "ready" you will appreciate them so much more ... love you Jess and Dakota. Otherwise I can't wait to play with little babies that are my grandbabies!!

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