Today's writing prompt, c/o Mama Kat? Dear Mommy and/or Daddy…(write a letter to yourself from one of your children).
After spending some time with you and Daddy this summer, we've got a lot to account for. We've decided to make a few "Summer Resolutions" by way of apology.
10. We're getting older, but not always wiser. We promise to call you next time we go out and don't come home at the appointed time. We don't want Daddy waking up at 2 a.m. in a cold sweat, dialing our cellies, and telling us what irresponsible imbeciles we are. Ever again.
9. We've learned a lot at school, but don't always remember our manners, which we learned from you when we were wee ones. When we finish dinner, or even just a glass of juice, we promise to ferry the detritus not only to the sink, but also under the running faucet and into the dishwasher, as well.
8. We've come a long way since learning how to ride our bikes in elementary school, but don't always handle our cars with safety in mind. If we go on a road trip, we promise to drive the speed limit. And if an officer of the law stops us for failure to obey that limit, we promise to call you promptly, and not several months later when the DMV catches up with us.
7. We're really good at zoning out, but not too good at listening. We promise to pay attention when you remind us of something important, and not to treat you like a silly old lady for "repeating yourself again, Mom."
6. We know that time is often of the essence, but that's no reason to twist our heads around on our necks just like Linda Blair in "The Exorcist." The computer failing to print does not signify the end of the world, after all. If we can't get the dang resume to print, we promise to go to Kinko's, OK?
5. We learned before we could speak that talking to strangers is a bad idea. And that goes for at the playground, in the Starbucks, or on a pirate ship in the Cayman Islands.
4. We've always been able to confide in you, and have to remember that just because we're almost grown up, you're still here for us. We promise never again to tell you something's "fine" when it isn't.
3. We now know that just because one of us has a GPS in her car doesn't mean that we'll always arrive at our destination without a few wrong turns. We promise to call the next time we get lost, and always to remember that DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood involves both the US Capitol and a really, really big hill.
2. We've noticed, over the years, that both our parents are quite well-informed. If either you or Daddy wants to watch the news on the good TV, you should be able to do so. We promise either to switch channels or to move to the basement when you want to watch your "shows." Hey, maybe we could even learn a thing or two!
1. We promise to remain good kids, and to continue to be true to the values you taught us. We know you love us very much. We love both of you even more...
Still Your Daughters,
Ella Numera Una & Ella Numera Dos