The Love Letter

My Grandfather

This wonderful man wrote me a letter when I was four days old.

“My Dearest Little One –

Please forgive a fond Grandfather for the delay in welcoming you into our family and accept this letter as a small token of my love and affection for you.

First of all, let me congratulate you on your excellent choice of parents, and always be assured that they are rare people indeed. I have known your dear Mother since she drew her first breath of life and in all the passing years, the love I hold for her has mellowed and increased with the passage of time. Your Father is the newest member of the family, but he has earned a place in our hearts by just being himself and loving your Mother with all his heart. As for your Grandmother and me, well, we are just plain run-of-the-mill Grandparents, and we solemnly promise to spoil you and jump at your every beck and call.

I haven’t had the opportunity to be with you yet, but you can bet your Sunday boots that I am looking forward to that time with the greatest anticipation. I shall probably cause you some discomfort with all my foolishness, but just don’t be too harsh on me as all Grandfathers are just a bit silly at times. My chest has increased at least 10 inches since you were born and I’m sure it will continue to do so as I compare you with all the other inferior grandbabies of my friends. You must not feel any conceit, but I am sure there is no other little girl in the world quite like you, and you must always accept this position with charming grace.

Once again, let me tell you how welcome you are and how much I love you even though we haven’t met. I am counting the hours until I can hold you in my arms. The name I sign at the conclusion of this letter is a first for me, and it brings an overwhelming feeling of pride to do so. Give my best to your Mother and Daddy and save a little bit of your love for your –

Granddad -“

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30 thoughts on “The Love Letter

  1. that is perhaps the sweetest letter I have ever read!!!! So glad you still have and cherish….

  2. So very cool. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. How blessed you are. What a grandfather.

  4. Just beautiful- I know where your writing talent came from!

  5. Wow, Izzie! The letter itself is beautiful. Finding out that he died when you were 5 makes it all the more special. How nice to have something to ‘hold’ that was written just for you – by him! Beautifully bittersweet. What a treasure. ~ Lenore

  6. Ok my last comment wasn’t finished. Instead of approving it could you please delete it? I’d like a do-over. Thanks.

    As I was trying to say….

    Here in this workplace testosterone jungle they frown at guys who weep. Thank you for bringing me to the edge of danger.

    I’m betting your grandfather lived up to his word and tried to spoil you rotten. Right? 🙂

  7. This is just perfect for Father’s Day weekend! What would we do without wonderful men in our lives? You’re blessed to have been loved so much! I didn’t know my own grandfathers too well, but I’m confident they loved me (they just weren’t too vocal about it, and neither one was much of a writer!)

    • You hit the nail on the head, Debbie – what would we do? I was all prepped to write about my Dad but decided on this – first things being first. My other grandfather wasn’t a writer but he was colorful! So, yes, here’s to the wonderful men in our lives – past, present, and future! 🙂

  8. That is soooo sweet.

  9. Omg, that’s soooo sweet! You are making me cry.

  10. Well crap Izzie, you made me cry. And you better not tell anyone! What an amazing grandad you had. And what am amazing keepsake. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Wow, what a gift to you! To know you were loved so much before he even laid eyes on you. Your Granddad had such a way with words. You’re a lucky gal!

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  13. Thanks for the wonderful, touching post!

  14. This is beautiful, Izzie…even though he was only in your life for five short years, it sounds like you had a wonderful time together! Glad you still have the letter!

    Hugs,
    Wendy

  15. Oh holy Maloney, that is so sweet. I shall take note. When i have children and grandchildren I think I may takeup this practice. Which reminds me – I shall write a letter to my granddad! 🙂

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