This week, Ashton turned 5. Hard to believe he is 5.
It meant that it was also time for me to write him a birthday letter. This is a practice I started with our daughter when she was born.
One of the things I believe a dad can do it help to tell the story of their child’s life to them. I feel like with the rise of technology and pace in our lives, we lose an aspect of stories and remembering.
So, every year on their birthday I write them a letter about what happened in their life in this past year. How our family changed, how they changed, milestones in their life. I save each letter and will give them to them when they turn 18 or graduate from college. I haven’t decided yet.
My hope is that this will be a chronicle of what happened, a way of showing them how they became who they are, where they came from. As I talk to a lot of young adults, there seems to be a loss of not only who they are, but where they have come from. A rootless feeling for many.
I want them to see their heritage, so that as they move into the world as an adult, they know where they came from and who they are.