Letters to my unborn child: The one skill I'd like you to learn

Hi, I’m Brian and I’m a writing series called 9 months: Letters to my unborn child. It’s a non-linear journey of my observations of life distilled into what I believe are enduring lessons. The plan is to collect these letters, publish them into a book and one day give a copy to him or her.


Dear kid,

I woke up with a pleasurable fatigue this morning. You see, I normally wake before the gold bars force their way into the windows. The quiet hours are full blown magic. I had a long day yesterday however, and it forced me to keep my eyes closed just a little longer this morning.

After I shook off a headache, I realized I wanted to share something with you. Immediately, I put everything else on hold because what I’m about to write to you is something another cannot easily teach you.

The result of hard work is fatigue. It is okay to be tired; it’s simply a by-product of your labor. In whatever you do, do not shy away from hard work if it is necessary to get the job done.

Even better is to heave yourself into work that you enjoy. Sometimes, when I’m reading or writing, I forget what time it is and wait far too long to go to the bathroom in fear of losing the flow. This is the best kind of work.

I am in the midst of completing one of my most treasured pieces of work and it’s taken me almost five years to do it. Perhaps when you are old enough to conversate, I will tell you more about it.

It’s looking like this world is valuing storytelling more than ever. And from what I can tell, the interest is only going to grow stronger. In my opinion, it will be good for you to learn how to tell a story. This skill of course is cultivated from reading. I think books are superior to school. I will talk to Mama about this and do my best to create a supple budget for your reading habits.

Your Papa is a writing man but I don’t want you to feel pressured to do the same. You can tell a story in so many beautiful ways. I suppose this will be part of our journey, right? Figuring out how you tell your life’s story.

That’s all for now. I have to get back to my work. I’ll do my best to provide a continuous supply of oranges for Mama since she tells me you enjoy them.

With love,

Papa.

In the green month of March, 2017. 

 


Hi, I’m Brian.

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