Jun 6 | Be brief – A letter

Assigment Day Five: You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed.


The sidewalk in front of our house is a place where weeds grow. Where dogs sniff happily along the curb to see who left what message. Where the neighbor’s cat sits, keeping tabs on our cats behind the window of the living room, or plotting the next move to catch a feisty fat gopher.

A colorful piece of paper catches my eye. It is stuck under some grass growing next to the curb. I bent down and pick it up. It is light blue, and folded in the middle… Dinosaurs, flowers, and something looking like a flying sausage cover it, drawn with colored pencil. In scrawly handwriting, made by a felt-tipped pen, it says “Mommy”.

I open it.

Dear Mommy!
You are the best Mommy in the whole wide world.
When I grow up, I will marry you. 
Dad can stay, too – he makes great hot dogs.

No signature. Just a little drawing of mom, dad, and a kid. Looks like a boy. Could also be a girl. You never know…

This little card is so lovely, and it saddens me that I probably cannot return it to the woman who is lucky enough to have this admiring child and a guy who makes great hot dogs. But I bet she knows she is loved.

How will I find out who ‘Mommy’ is?!


The challenge and the original assignment can be found here: Writing 101 – Day Five


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