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Dear Thaddeus

Oh my darling baby... You have not been conceived yet- so maybe this is silly... But I believe strongly that parents should write to their children before their minds are altered by all the hormones and emotions that come with anticipating your arrival.

There are a lot of things I would probably prefer to avoid telling you in the future... But since I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be a published author by then, I must remember you may one day (if I'm lucky) read my books... and I don't want to embarrass you.

...When a published author, journalist, and composition professor advised me to write a memoir, she said, "Write like your parents are dead, even if you never let anyone read it."

Hearing this advice at a point in my life when I was severely suicidal, I rearranged the idea in my head to "Write like no one will read it until you're dead."  And with that, found a reason to live until there was a finished product.

Of course, a book isn't enough.  An album will have to be recorded... the soundtrack which truly accompanied the stories as they unfolded before me.

Oddly enough, now that the words are flowing and an outline has finally been drafted, I can tell you... The hardest part was the easiest part; I lived this story.  It will be your origin story, and I pray it is one that inspires people to LIVE, believe, and find one another.

Embedded within my book, you will also find the stories of your grandparents, your uncles, aunts, and cousins... You will find history lessons about our heritage to make you proud... as well as the lesson to be PROUD (something your mother didn't learn until she was nearly 30!) 

Hopefully your siblings won't mind- I don't know their names yet.  I am really looking forward to meeting you all!  So... here we go, time to write the book that will pay for your diapers!




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