The Saturday Morning Blogger – Handwritten letters

The Saturday Morning Blogger – Handwritten letters

James Barrington

When my mother died eleven years ago, one of the treasures we found among her belongings was a box of hand-written diaries in the form of lined notebooks. She had spent undoubtedly countless hours recording commonplace events of life and personal musings on what some of them meant.

For the past several years I have been sending monthly notes to my grandsons who live 2,000 miles away. I don’t have the opportunity to interact with them on a regular basis. I don’t know if they appreciate (or can even decipher) my handwritten notes, but I am trying to leave them a legacy of their grandfather that they may find useful at some point in the future. Maybe that use will be as kindling for a campfire, but maybe they can find more productive uses.

My brother found some handwritten notes from our fraternal grandmother among his share of the papers we salvaged from our mother’s belongings. Perhaps she was the source of my sometimes opinionated ways – although I found that her opinions and mine don’t often agree. That’s OK. We loved each other, anyway. It just goes to show that people don’t have to agree on everything to be able to get along.

My older grandson in the Northeast sent a list of interview questions for an English assignment in his high school freshman class. The questions seemed simple enough until I thought about the liberal philosophy of the Northeast. Here are the questions as he sent them:

  1. Do you have a self law that you go by?
  2. What is it?
  3. Why do you go by it?
  4. Has law ever made you do something you didn’t want to do or/and Has law ever prevented you from doing something you have wanted to?
  5. What have you had to do?
  6. Is there any law that you disagree with? What is it, why do you disagree with it?

4.Do you think it is good or bad that different places have different laws? Why?

5.Do you feel the law is too strict? Why?

When I replied to him, I mentioned that I want to talk to him about this when I see him this summer. There are layers of possibilities involved in those questions – particularly in 21st Century American society.

The written word has a permanency to it that transcends generations.

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