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:
Fri 4/27/2007 6:52
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
.... 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
Ok, I need a kleenex now.