Momma & Dad
I want to first tell you both I am very sorry for having to write this letter, and even more for you having to read it. I love you both with all my heart and it is so hard to express into words. I could never have asked for better Parents. You both are everything I hoped and strive to become.
I’m not really sure how one of these letters is supposed to be written, so I am just going to do my best to express all that I wish to in hopes it does not offend either of you. I am the day before I take my final tests in the course in Savannah, Ga. The prospect of the deployment became very real today, and I fear I may not write this letter if I put it off too long. I do not regret my decision to join the military in any way, even with the reality of this letter. I only hope I may be as good a Soldier as I Rich ever was, and as good a wife and woman Mom has ever been.
DAD– I know you and I have had our rough spots, even a rough decade almost, but I believe you and I had to fight for every inch just to make our relationship as solid as it always should have been. We finally have the father-daughter relationship I have always desired to have. I am so proud to be your daughter, and believe with all my heart that God’s plan was always to make you our dad and us your children. We just took the round-about way. Thank you for enduring all that I put you through and making it to where we are today. It means the world to me.
Momma– There is so much I want to express to you but don’t believe it is possible to express my gratitude to you in a single letter, let alone a hundred. You are truly my best friend and my everything. You mean so much to me. I don’t know what I would’ve have done without your guidance, stubborness, and perseverance. You mean so much to me. I am truly blessed to have a mother like you. I want you to know that I am so sorry for everything you had to endure as a child or as an adult to make you the woman you are, and the mother you had to be for me. You are so beautiful and you always have been. I looked so much like you Momma, I don’t know how you could never see how beautiful you are to make such fine specimens as us. : )
I don’t know if I am really supposed to express things I may regret if this letter reaches you both, but I want to talk about it any way.
I only truly have two regrets at this moment, one, I am very sorry I did not give Tim a child and you both grandchildren before I left, and two, I wish with all my heart I could have had a long happy marriage with Tim. I feel eternity itself is not time enough for me to truly enjoy and appreciate my husband. It is hard, to write this letter. Just because I want you both to never have to read it.
Please express to the boys my love and how much I am going to miss them. James and my relationship has grown so much. Stephen has grown to a very handsome and fine young man. I love them both. I am going to place their letters in here as well when I mail this to you. I don’t believe I have the energy or desire to write another letter tonight. This was enough on my nerves.
I love you guys. I am going to miss you so much. Please celebrate my life, and stay in touch with Tim. Give him all the guidance and support he needs, which will be a insurmountable number. I love you both.
Your Loving Daughter,