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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dad's emails...


Today I am going through and deleting old forwards in my email program. I do this periodically, especially after I've sent them, to keep things neat and tidy.
I have separate folders for emails from family members and special friends to keep their emails for rereading later. I like to have them for a reference, and also, for sentimental value.
This is especially true of my father's folder. (Mom doesn't email, we talk on the phone.) I have about a couple of years' worth of emails, many of them just a few lines. But almost all of them contain the words " We love you" in some shape or form.
I don't know about you, but each time I read these, it brings tears to my eyes.
My dad is 78. He is in good health. But at his age, I don't know how long I will have him with me. I couldn't bear to just delete these small emails that contain so much in just a few words.

So today, while going through his folder, I decided I would open a blank word document, and copy and paste each of these small emails, along with their date, to save and print out as a keepsake. Some day, I'm going to need these words.
I am thinking I would also like to scrapbook them. Just cut out the two or three lines of each email, and work them into a collage of sorts, along with photos of him. A father's page. Doesn't that sound like a good idea?
I wish I'd thought of this years ago, but, I am thankful I thought of it before deleting all these emails.

Is there someone special in your email box whose words mean a lot to you? That you want to keep forever? Some day , I may be old and alone, and feeling lost, and I can read these words of love again:

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Fri 4/27/2007 6:52

hi susan,
mom and i just looked at your web-site with all the pictures. you were right, it did take some time to down-load the pictures but it was worth it. you did an excellent job of organizing and captioning all. you have a special talent and we are proud of you. of coures, we love you and Rick very much too. mom and dad

Mon 7/2/2007 7:39 pm

...I also wanted to thank you for the nice father's day card. Hope to see you soon. We love you guys. Dad

Mon 7/9/2007 8:11 pm

Hi Honey,
.... We love you very much. Hope to see you soon. Dad


Wed 10/24/2007 6:35 pm

...The pictures you sent were good Honey. We like the one where you were smiling the best. We love you very very much. Dad
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Ok, I need a kleenex now.

Be Blessed.

2 comments:

Shari from Big Yellow Farmhouse said...

I love this post and that wonderful picture of your dad. Reading his notes to you made me misty-eyed, too! My dad's been gone for seven years and my mom for twenty. I have sweet letters from mom from when I was in college and when I was first married. They are such treasures and I still feel so loved when I read them.

Dad was a man of few words and never did write me or send emails, but I sent many to him as we lived hundreds of miles apart. My sister would usually reply to them and let me know what was going on. But I know Dad read and appreciated them because after he died we discovered that he had printed out all of my emails and saved them in order in binders. I miss both of my parents so much. You are very wise to save those precious notes!!

ctgardengirl said...

I'm so glad, Shari, that you came by to visit my blog. Thanks so much for sharing about your Mom and Dad. I loved that he had printed out your emails and saved them.
The written word is a powerful thing, even long after the person who has written them is no longer with us.