My dear one-year-old Kenlyn,
In our family, you are the youngest, I am the oldest except for Papa Sammy who is older than I. But he is a man. I want to talk girl talk. You see once upon a time I was the age you are now. But I don’t remember that time.
I do remember being a baby girl not much older than you – about Addy’s age. I remember my daddy holding me as we walked into a church. I remember wearing a pretty bonnet. I got a new baby brother about that time. I don’t remember him when he was that little.
I do remember when I was just a little older maybe like your other sister and we had a mama goat who had some babies. Everybody laughed at me because I was all excited said, “Old Nanny Goat had some new puppies.” I didn’t know why they laughed and I felt bad. Remember when people laugh at you, they are laughing because you are so cute not because you did anything wrong.
I started to school in first grade just like Ashlyn will do next year. My first lesson was a picture of a cradle with B A B Y printed under it. I liked school a lot. My brother got sick one day; my mother said it was because he ate too many oranges! I wonder how many he ate. Lots of things happened when I was that age that I wonder about. Wondering is a good thing to do. Learning is lots of fun when you wonder about things.
I liked to color and cut out paper dolls when I was nine like Jadalyn. I play a drawing game with Jadalyn. I draw a mark and she has to make a picture out of it, then she draws a mark and I make a picture. We like to do that together.
All you girls like electrical gadgets like computers and cell phones. The first time I remember using a telephone was when I was in high school – way bigger than Jadalyn even! I used the phone at school to call my Grandma Rodgers. I was sort of scared to even do that! Lots of things have changed. And lots of things will change.
One thing has always been and does not change. That is Jesus. He loved me when I was a baby and he loves me still. He loves you now when you are a baby and he will always love you. That is very important for you to know. And it is important to know that I love you. Someday before you are eighty like me, I will go to Heaven and I think I will still be loving you even then.
Love you, my littlest baby.