Tuesday, June 9, 2009

the rain is raining all around...

... it falls lush and tropical on the ponds, washing away weeks worth of pollen and goo, running down the birch leaves in little rivulets. even the birds have taken cover. the sound is soothing, calming as a balm on the last few days.

did i mention that my children are feuding? passions have been roused, lines have been drawn, the dogs of war unleashed. as a gang of four, my children are a formidable force; when they turn upon each other, what used to sound like puppies yapping now's like the baying of the hound of the baskervilles.

i've realized its time to write a Letter to my father.

in the last few months of her life, my dear friend lorraine didn't want me to come and see her. it'll be too upsetting for both of us, she said. and so i wrote her a letter to say good-bye.

at her memorial service, both her daughter and her son-in-law expressed how much that letter had meant to her. i wish i could write like that, her son in law said to me. and i realized that telling someone you care means quite a lot - putting it into words means even more. print media may die, but writing will, in some form or fashion go on forever because the written word has so much weight.

and so while i know i'll call my daddy today - or most likely tonight - when the time change means he will be safely home - i think i'm also going to write him and tell him what a very good Daddy he is.

5 comments:

April said...

Hi Annie!
Sorry your kids are fighting. My girls have their days, too. I'm sure all will be well with time.

I used to write letters to my mom and dad all the time telling them how much I loved them and what they meant to me. I have them saved in a box in my bedroom. Not exactly sure why...only to remember, I guess. I think it would mean so much to your dad...DO IT!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

I agree Annie.........putting things in writing mean so much to people. I sent a letter to an Aunt who I rarely see last year and a Christmas she sent me a card and told me that she will treasure if forever. I'm going to do the same thing.......write more letters to express love that I feel.
My kiddo's are feuding as well. Rediculous really......over nothing but stubborn junk that is in the past. I just try to kind of stay out of it and tell them I love them all. Don't know what else to do about it, you know?

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Martha said...

Love to your Dad and I need to call my sweet Pop who is one of my best Buds.
Please send some rain to the West, thank you!

Laura Rose said...

Hope your dad is okay!!

Kim said...

That letter will be treasured forever. There is nothing like a hand written note.

Sorry the kids are feuding - I'm sure they will all work it out in their own time.