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"Cleaning House": A letter from 13 year old Leara

Recently, I have been cleaning house literally and metaphorically. While going through a nightstand (that I cannot even recall what year I last opened it) I found several hidden gems from high school ID’s to pictures, and the last Birthday card I received with my grandmother’s writing before her passing. Underneath all of these things laid an envelope self addressed to me in my own writing postmarked 7-26-08. Growing up I wrote several letters to myself and figured this was one of them.

To my surprise this was not for me-this was written in the perspective of myself as a grandmother and wouldn’t be opened until I had passed by my remaining family. In the letter I even address parts of it to my grandchildren and is signed off “Grandmother Leara.” Depending when this was written we will say thirteen year old self wrote this one and to be honest I was surprised by a thirteen year old Leara’s thoughts in this perspective and believe it may be worth sharing some of the things written now rather than later.

In the letter I address two primary topics:

Love

and

Death

Love

I wrote:

“It is vital not to just comprehend love but show it throughout our daily lives.”

I go on to describe love in action and being mindful how your actions affect others from the way you smile at strangers and even carry yourself. I explain how it is ok to be yourself. T