A Heart-melting Birthday Gift

Nov 23, 2013 by

The lovely handwritten birthday letter from my parents!

The lovely handwritten birthday letter from my parents!

          I just got home from an early birthday dinner at my parents’ house, which one of my sisters has already turned into Santa’s domain. I’ve been avoiding the coming of Christmas in desperate hope that doing so will bring back summer (not that it ever came). I can easily skip over radio stations playing Christmas music, stay away from the malls, and convince myself that the five-minute mini blizzard I witnessed through my apartment window today was an optical illusion; but, there is no pretending that Christmas isn’t coming when I walk into my parents’ house to festive decor and sweets baking in the oven. Damn it. I love my parents’ house at Christmas time. It reminds me of my childhood, and nostalgia tends to get the best of me. My family has suckered me into holiday acceptance. (Summer, I still love you more! I swear it.)

          Aside from Christmas cheer, I was handed a yellow envelope. Enclosed was the best gift that my parents have ever given me: a melt-worthy handwritten birthday letter. Before reading a single word, I felt my heart expand at the sight of the curved writing. Handwritten letters are rare nowadays. As I proceeded to read, I was silently grateful that I have fairly good control over my tear ducts under such circumstances. Below are the kind things that my parents had to say. Excuse me while I clean up my heart that has melted all over the floor.





          Almost 24 years ago, you came into our lives. You were a textbook pregnancy and a textbook baby. You ate, you slept, and you were a good baby. It’s hard to believe that so many years have gone by. When you were younger, you always seemed beyond your years, you always thought of others, and you were always eager to please. You surpassed our expectations. You were always independent, and eager to learn and to help.

          Daddy and I are so very proud of you. You have grown up to be a wise adult and a fun person. You take the bull by the horns and go for it. We like to think that we did something right; but really, you did it all on your own. You can be as proud of yourself as we are. I know that whatever you set out to do for yourself, it will happen. Be the best that you can be, and live life to the fullest. We love you. Happy birthday!

Mom and Dad




          To my mom and dad, thank you for your faith, your pride, and your love. I love you too.

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