Inspired by Sausage Mama, I am writing a monthly letter to my children. I hope to capture these moments in time because they go so quickly. To quote Amber Strocel, “blink and you miss it.” (two great, positive blogs, please check them out)
I hope you will join me in writing a monthly letter to your children and linking it up here. Feel free to grab the badge for your website and let me know when you post so I can add you to the list of participants.
Dear Little Buddhas,
I have been struggling with what to publish this month for your letter. I believe in this project. Capturing what has happened with you each month is important to me. You change so fast and I love you for that. Writing about what you have been doing each month allows me a small hug goodbye to that child who has been replaced by another whom I adore just as much.
The past few months have been one of the most difficult times for our family. There have been many changes. It’s not always simple to navigate the world outside our family with trust, as we have learned during this time.
My need to protect you is not being met.
While I write here about my experience, I feel that publicly sharing direct events of your lives is not fair to you. Granted, it is my POV on your milestones, activities, stats, turns of phrase and interests, but I do not feel it is appropriate under our developing circumstances. It is one thing for someone to take what I write about my feelings and use it for their own purpose. I feel I need to keep you safe from as many negative reflections as possible.
Perhaps my protection instinct is triggered by recent events. Perhaps I am overreacting. Perhaps I will feel differently in the future. But, my strong feelings now are that until you can give informed consent about how much to share directly of your lives, it does not feel right to publish them.
I will still keep writing the monthly letters to you. But, I will no longer be making them public. I will continue to offer the space here for the other writers to link up each month and to support them in their own letter projects. I am also open to someone taking over or sharing this project with me, especially because it might feel important to them that the letters be publicly shared each month.
Stay safe, little Buddhas. May I teach you strength to weather the storms with compassion for self and others.
If you would like to participate in the Letters to Littles Project, feel free to link up your post below. Letters are written during the last week of the month, but feel free to write and link up whenever you feel inspired. You can use the hashtag #letterstolittles on twitter as well. And don’t forget to click over and Grab the badge (it’s set up to promote the project, not my personal page. So you won’t find my name on it):
Letters to Littles Participants:
- New African Babies Don’t Cry
- Becoming Crunchy
- New Lazy Kate
- Mom Grooves
- Purple Peas In A Pod
- Rosmarinus Officinalus
- Sausage Mama
- Smiling Like Sunshine
Pop by their blogs and leave a little comment love, won’t ya’?