A Letter for My Son

So, we had this assignment to write a letter telling our son, Austin, how special he was and what we love about him (everything, ‘course!). I whipped this up super fast, but sometimes that’s the brighter gold. I re-read this and I’m really happy with the end result, so I thought I’d share it here. By the way, this was a rush job because it was due by this morning and I totally forgot (sad trombone).

Dear Austin,

Your dad and I want you to know how special we think you are. You are maybe the funniest kid on the planet, and so many people agree with us. We love how you are so good at making people laugh, especially when you can tell that they need to laugh right then. Right along with that, you are a great performer: a superb dancer and a great singer and actor—you have presence, Austin, and that is a gift.

You are also super-duper smart, but you’re so smart you know that already, right? We are constantly amazed at how much stuff you know and how quick you are to understand what goes on around you.

Even though it sometimes drives us crazy, we love your passion for all things computer. We think that your future is somewhere in that computer, so take it all in now. You are so creative and have so many ideas. You will build beautiful, useful, fun things—we just know it.

Your heart is so big. When we think of how much you love the people in your life, it blows us away. You love so hard and so huge and no one in your life can have any doubt how much you love them. That means Ethan, too. 🙂

We love that you care so much about other people and animals. You do a great job of helping to take care of Molly at home.

Thank you for loving us. Thank you for your hugs and kisses. Thank you for being kind and smart and talented. Thank you for being an awesome kid.

We will do everything we can to make sure that you stay awesome or, if it’s possible, become even awesomer! We’re so lucky to be your parents.


Mom and Dad


Have you written a letter to someone special recently? If not, you might consider it. I think that I’m going to start a new habit of writing to my boys more often. And I want them to learn the art of letter writing. In this world of email and text messages a letter is so special.

Do you enjoy writing letters? Do you miss getting them in an envelope on stationery, like I do?



  1. Love this! Beautiful.

  2. I think Austin will cherish this letter for his whole life.

    Yes, I love getting letters and think it’s a great idea to write them to your kids every once in a while. Children growing up in the 21st century may very well lose all touch with the art of letter writing.

    • Hopefully there will be enough of us old-fashioned broads to keep the letter writing going. Which is not to say that I write letters on the regular, I don’t. But I am certainly able to. I miss my Irish pen pal, Una. We were pen pals in high school and I wish we had written one another more. Do they even have pen pal services anymore? They’re probably electronic.

      • We had French pen pals when I was in junior high school. I was very jealous of my friend Lisa, who had a male pen pal!

        The summer after Jim and I got engaged, he went “away” to school (UM-Ann Arbor) which seemed very far away in those days. We wrote each other letters every single day – 8 and 10 page letters! What in the world did we have to say to each other?? Anyway, I have them all in a box in my basement. I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

  3. Pujing

    it reads like a public speech rather than a letter from the parents to their son. Maybe, it’s just a cultural thing – I am a Chinese.

    • Curious. What makes it read like a speech? I wrote it to my son for the day that he was the star student.

  4. Balbir

    Wrote my Son who recently went to NS

  5. Ella

    Thank you for sharing your letter, Rachel. Your letter is wonderful and inspiring.

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