Prompt from Michele W. August 8—Write a letter to my 14-year-old self. Then write to the “self” I will be in twenty years. Also I’m adding a third letter from my future self to my present self.
Letter Number One to fourteen-year-old Oneta.
There was a political question posed to Jeb Bush who is a candidate for the Republican nomination for President. This is the question, “Knowing what you know now, would you have gone into Iraq?” I think that is an inane question. Our choices and behaviors are based on what we know at the time we make them, not on what we know ten years down the road. With that in mind, Oneta, I want you to know you were pretty wise in most of the decisions you have made in your fourteen year earthly existence.
I remember your Freshman initiation day. It was the day they made the freshmen wear an onion around their necks. As you were walking into the building some big sophomore guy told you that you had to take a bite of your onion, kneel before him, and say some chant before you could go into the building. Suddenly a Knight in Shining Armor (a senior) came along and nullified the edict of the sophomore! How do you spell relief? SENIOR! I can now tell you that there are many more “lucky” coincidences that you will experience. You didn’t really believe in “luck” then, and neither do I now. Some people say its “an angel sitting on my shoulder.” Whatever! I give God thanks for those “lucky” breaks.
To keep this letter short, I’ll just say, “Keep your chin up and face the future with anticipation. I tell you, You ain’t seen nothing yet!”
Letter Two to Me twenty years hence:
Dear Me, So now you know that what you believed was Truth. Truth said, “I go to prepare a place for you and if I go, I will come again and receive you unto myself…” (paraphrase Jesus, John 14:1-3). There is nothing I can tell you that you don’t know. I only have questions. Is it really beyond description? Have you seen Mom and Daddy yet? What about Jesus? Can you be in his presence when you want to be? Did I face death boldly like David implies in the 23rd Psalm? “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil.” Or, perhaps I arrived by way of the Rapture—the hope of every saint. (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17) Oh, Dear Me, what is it like in eternity?
Letter Three from the Eternal Me to the Present Day Me:
Dear Oneta. To keep this letter short, I’ll just say, “Keep your chin up and face the future with anticipation. I tell you, You ain’t seen nothing yet!”