Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

A Child’s Plea

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Dear Mom,

I feel so much better today my throat doesn’t hurt and when I cough it is not crupy anymore, aren’t you glad! I know you will say no but can I go out in the snow please! Let me cough for you and show you it isn’t crupy! Please!

Love, Your Better Kid Jill

P.S. This will probably be the only good snow we have all year!

P.S. I Love You!! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

During my parent’s recent move, I found this note. I wrote it when I was eleven years old. Aside from misspelling the word ‘croupy’ and the use of exclamation points, rather than question marks, I think I stated my case rather well.

Discovering this faded note brought a smile to my face. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a very good photo.

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Have you ever discovered something from your past that triggered a flood of memories?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

113 thoughts on “A Child’s Plea

  1. Oh, I love this! And I love finding old documents (even small ones like this) from my childhood AND my son’s. And I have to ask: did your Mom let you go out to play in the snow??

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  2. Jill, your handwriting is so neat! I’ve always struggled with my handwriting 😉
    I’m impressed that your note was kept, at least not lost. I have a number of journals that I kept decades ago that are now lost, in part due to moving 😦 I do have boxes of letters and cards I’ve received since we moved to Florida 25 years ago. Every so often I go through them and am amazed at some of the long letters I used to get from friends and my 2nd oldest sister in particular. She used to work the night shift at a hospital (maternity ward so it was quiet) and would often write to me from there. I can quickly see how over the years, with email and social media, letter writing in my own little world had practically disappeared. And yet, many of these friends and I don’t communicate much through social media either. It’s like, what’s the point of writing a letter when you can just send an email, but then the email never gets written either because somehow we’ve all wound up busier than we used to be. Or at least that’s how it seems.
    Back to your note, though. I have a vague memory of writing letters to my mom as well, usually to ask for something. I wonder how all that started … what gives a child the idea to write a letter to his/her parents when they all live in the same house?

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    • Thanks, Marie! I remember practicing different styles of handwriting. 🙂 I’m sorry to hear you’ve lost your journals, but I’m glad you have the letters from your sister. It makes me sad that people don’t write letters anymore. E-mails are sent, read and usually deleted. I try to send cards with personal messages written inside. To answer your question, I felt I could state my case better in writing than face to face. I suppose these days, a text message is sent. 😦 Enjoy your weekend!

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      • Hi, Jill, hope you’re having a great weekend! The idea of children writing letters to their parents still intrigues me. I wonder if we were taught to do so in school, perhaps as a way to perfect our handwriting? I agree these days kids would just text their parents. I’ve seen my 13-year-old grandniece send her mom messages through Facebook. Brave New World 😉

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      • I am having a great weekend, Marie. I hope you are as well. 🙂 I’ve always enjoyed writing letters…my sister, not so much. That’s funny about your grandniece. It’s definitely a different world. xo

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  3. Aw, the note put a smile on my face 🙂
    I stumbled on an entry in an old diary about my aspirations. I smiled because it’s as if I’ve gone off that tangent. But I remember the sincerity with which I wrote it.

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  4. So sweet, Jill! At least you wrote “crupy” and not “crappy.” 😀 I have a very worn and faded note that my son wrote to me on a tiny piece of scrap paper, when he was about 6. That was over 30 years ago, but it was so loving, and the little drawings of us both, joined together with hearts and kisses, always make me smile with my heart. I’ve kept it in my wallet all these years, so it’s got very dog-eared. 🙂 Happy weekend to you. xx

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  5. This note is so precious. It’s such a good idea to save all those sweet papers in a loose leaf binder under sheet protectors to save, protect them and keep them organized. It’s such a comfort to have documented history.
    My Dutch grandmother kept a journal of loose leaf papers that my aunt had spiral bound. In one section that I read with great interest she described her grandchildren. When I saw she described me as “an old fashioned girl,” it took my breath away.

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    • That would be my father’s doing, Georgette. He’s very organized when it comes to his “important” documents. 🙂
      Oh, what a treasure to read your grandmother’s journal entry describing you. I hope you have a copy of that page or pages. Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. What a sweet note. I love the sign off confirming that you are indeed better. 🙂 That must have been such a nice surprise to discover it. My mom is not sentimental, she’s thrown out all the cards we’ve given her. When we give her a card we joke about how long it’s going to be before she rips it up and tosses it. She makes sure we know she loves getting them and gets teary eyed when reading but doesn’t save them. I, on the other hand, have shoeboxes full of every card and letter that’s ever been written to me. Overcompensation? Have a good weekend!

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    • Ha ha! I thought that was pretty funny too, Geralyn. Like you, I have Rubbermaid bins full of old cards and letters from decades ago. I respect your mother. She obviously doesn’t like a lot of “stuff” piling up. It is fun, on a rainy day, to go through all those cards and letters. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  7. Sweet! A few years ago my mom gave me a note I’d written her and my dad with a picture I drew of a horse (no wonder I’m not an artist because it looked nothing like a horse) with my plea for one…I never got a horse.

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  8. I love the fact that you call yourself “your better kid.” That makes me smile. I thought you stated your case well, Jill. I hope your Mom let you go out in the snow. So glad you have that.

    I have a homemade diary from when I was 11. I was soooooo moody. Life was always so wonderful or so horrible. That diary is really helpful for when I’m writing a middle grade story. I can read how an 11-year-old actually felt.

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    • I was really pushing it, wasn’t I? 🙂 I don’t think I was really better. I was afraid it would be the last good snow of the season and I was going to miss out. I love that you still have your homemade diary, L. Marie. I’m sure it is a great help when writing your middle grade stories. We were moody, weren’t we? 🙂 Happy Weekend!

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  9. Looks like you have always been a good writer. Your note made me smile. It must have made your mother smile too. No wonder she saved it.
    I save some of Leena’s works too. Recently I saved a manual she made on how to build a booby trap.

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    • Ha ha! That is hilarious, Rajni. A homemade booby trap…I love it. She’ll definitely get a kick out of that when she’s older. I remember my sister and I making booby traps, but we never created a manual. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!

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  10. So sweet. I have a note in my scrapbook where I gave my mom a Christmas card that read,’ Merry Christmas, Becows I love you.” I couldn’t have been more than six when I wrote it and I recall asking her how to spell “because”, and she told me to spell it the way it sounds. She kept that note all her life and I found it in her scrapbook after she died and I grew up.

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  11. That is so sweet, especially that she kept it. In first grade I made a hand print in clay that hung in our kitchen until I was well in my teens. One day the adhesive on the hanger thingie gave and it crashed to the floor in a million pieces. I do remember how tiny that hand print was. I don’t remember finding boxes of things like that when I cleaned out my Mom’s house after she died. Over the years she had “gifted” my gifts to other family members or needy kids and trashed my hand drawn pictures. I did have some of the clothes that she had sown for me and I kept a few of those.

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    • I’m sorry your hand print broke, Kate. At least it had a few good years on display. I remember making those hand prints. My mother didn’t save too much. Only recently I asked about my Girl Scout sash, with all of my badges. She swears she gave it to me, but I think it got trashed. Enjoy your weekend!

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  12. Our 2nd grade teacher had all of us begin a journal and it’s one of the best things a teacher has ever done for me. I still have it, tucked away in a tote in the garage. I only managed to complete a few pages, but those few bring back the best memories of summers spent at the Colorado river. It’s so awesome that you have a piece of your own history to look back on.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

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    • I’m glad you kept that journal, Phillip. I think journal writing is a terrific creative writing assignment. Yes, I’m happy my parents saved some things from my childhood. It’s fun to look back on it. Happy Weekend!

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  13. How fun to find evidence of your childhood thoughts and writings. None here but after 35 moves, I’m lucky I have any mementos. A few still from my children but mostly from their later school years. My son brought with him a file folder of paperwork that showed the addresses of a home his dad and I bought 40 some years ago. There was other information in it that I want to scan and keep. Every once in a while, a memory will pop out and I’ll say something and my son will say, “I didn’t know that about you or my dad” I think it’s time to get it on paper before the rest of the memory goes. It’s lovely to have those triggers to jog the mind. I know you were insinuating that you were a feeling better kid. I see no signs of egomania in your writing. 🙂 You have a soft and caring heart. I have on occasion run across handwritten things of my mothers. That stirs my soul a bit too. I think those bits pop up when we need them. I loved reading this.

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    • Thank you, Marlene. Thirty five moves! I can’t imagine. You could probably write a “Moving for Dummies” book. 🙂 You certainly have the experience. Like your son, I love to learn new things about my family’s history. I’ve encouraged my father to write the story of his life. Obviously nothing extensive, it could be bullet points or even told on a hand held recorder. There’s so much I don’t know. Enjoy your weekend. xo

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  14. Cute note! I don’t have many things from when I was younger, but I find something tangible isn’t needed. A certain song or a certain smell can transport me back in time just like that.

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    • I agree, Carrie. That’s the great thing about music, it can be an instant time machine. I’ve read a lot about smells and how they’re one of the biggest triggers for our memories. Like music, professionals use smell when treating Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. Have a great weekend!

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  15. I’m so glad you were feeling better Jill. The sound of the wind through palm leaves triggers lots of childhood memories for me.

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    • Thanks, Dor. I don’t think I was well enough, in the eyes of Dr. Mom. I wish you could plant a few palms on your property, but they probably wouldn’t survive the winter months. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your memory.

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  16. Such a precious letter you wrote, Jill. Of course they kept it. I hope it earned you a chance to go out in the snow.

    After my dad died, I found a note tucked in his Bible. I wrote it when I was 8 and had borrowed $2.00 to buy a little child-sized sewing machine (the metal kind) so I could “make my own clothes.” I had already paid $1.50 of the cost out of birthday money, and in careful printing I agreed to pay it off at $.25 each week or by doing extra chores. On the back of the note was a list of the weeks’ payments–one week I even paid double because I’d helped weed a neighbor’s garden–and at the bottom of the note my dad wrote: PAID IN FULL. My daughter is a smart and wonderful girl.
    I get choked up just thinking of it.

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  17. Jill,
    We’re thinking alike! As I went through some of my parents’ things this past week, I found some old letters I’d written as a kid that my mother kept. (She even had some letters she had written that her mother had kept.) And my dad kept many Father’s Day cards.
    So nice to have the memories.
    Theresa

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    • I’m sure you’ve been discovering a lot of hidden treasures lately, Theresa. I hope they bring you as much joy as they’ve given me. Today, as I went through my boxes of memories, I discovered some cards I had written to my grandmother. I don’t really remember, but I suppose after she passed away, they were given back to me. I placed them in my fire proof box. Have a great weekend!

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  18. Jill, what I would give to get my hands on my high school diaries. Have mercy, those would be enough fodder for me to start an entire YA line of books, to be sure. Alas, when us girls finished up college, mom asked what did we want to do with the dozen or so diaries EACH of us had. “Toss ’em.” OMG, that was a terrible get it over quick decision on my part.

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    • Oh no! I hate that you and your sisters decided to trash your diaries, Irene. You’re so right, what great fodder for a YA series. Maybe you and your sisters can put your heads together and recreate some of those diary entries. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. My parents have a few things around their current home that bring back memories for me. A pair of silver statues, in particular, reminds me of the den my father had in the house I grew up in. Sneaking into his private space and looking at things and touching them was one of my favorite things to do. Just typing this now reminds me of the time I “borrowed” his bottle of permanent black ink and fountain pen and took them up to my bedroom carpeted in light blue wall-to-wall carpeting… Yep, there is a story there. 🙂

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    • Yikes! I think I can guess what happened, Natine. 🙂 Light carpet, black ink, equals big trouble. I hope you’ll share your story. I remember sneaking into my father’s study too. Thanks for sharing your memory.

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  20. Cute note. All my childhood things were lost in a flood. If I were your parents I would have given anything to a kid who could write like you.

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  21. That’s adorable, Jill! It’s fun to see glimpses of our childhood peeking through the years.

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  22. How gorgeous Jill that is a keeper for sure. You were a writer even back then, a persuasive writer at that. I wish I had kept a diary from say ten to fifteen I wish I could remember my hopes and dreams from back then too.

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    • Thanks, Kath! As I mentioned in my previous comment to John, I was laying it on thick. 🙂 I’ve kept a journal for years, but never when I was real young. I agree, it would be nice to have something from a younger age. To revisit what was swirling in our minds, would make for fun reading. Happy Weekend!

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  23. So….You were the better kid. That’s a daring pronouncement.

    I did a lot of drawing and painting when I was a kid. It’s been fun to look back at the art work my mom saved. I seldom thought it was good enough. Now I’m impressed with how well I did.

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  24. Brilliant Jill – even at that age you were learning the art of knowing how to get what you want, a familiar female trait 🙂 No, mercifully I don’t think anything has survived from my early years. I do look back, for example, at photos of the time and wonder exactly how I jumped from there to here in what seems like a few seconds.

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  25. Love it, and how wonderful that your mom kept your old letters. My mum has done the same, and me too, a box load! You are a great negotiator Jill…but I have to know: Did your plea work and did you get to go out and play in the snow? Wanted to check in and say I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Loving having my boys home, all my chicks back in the nest 🙂 They popped out with Hubby to get a few provisions, they are cooking a meal for me tonight! Catch up with you on Monday my friend, love to you and DFD 🙂 xoxox

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    • Well, I don’t think I was that good, Sherri. I’m almost positive that I was denied. 😦 I’m happy your mother has saved a box load of memories for you. I hope you have a wonderful Mothering Sunday. I know you’re loving all of your chicks in the nest. They love their momma bird. 🙂 Enjoy your feast…you deserve it! I can’t wait to hear all about it. DFD sends his love, as do I. xoxo

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  26. Aww, “Let me cough for you and show you it isn’t crupy! Please!” and “Your Better Kid Jill”… I love little you Jill. I love adult you tool! Very sweet note. I have probably mentioned here that I found the letters that I had written to my Mom while I was in college. I saved her letters to me. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have them. The past is always sneaking up on me triggering memories! Enjoy your Saturday Jill!

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    • What a sweet comment, Pix. Thank you! xoxo Yes, I do remember the letters your mother saved from your college years. I’m happy you have them too. They’re a true treasure. Enjoy your weekend and thank you.

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  27. Happy Saturday, Jill . I am impressed with your handwriting. I am also very impressed with your persuasive note. You even volunteered to cough to show your mom that you were bettr. The PS was a great closer😄 I hope you mom sent you out to play.

    I don’t have notes from my childhood. I have notes that my children wrote. My oldest daughter and I kept a journal when she was in 5th grade. I Have to look for it. Lots of disagreements in that journal .

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  28. I can feel the desperation in that note… well, mom knows best and I’m pretty sure you didn’t get to play in the snow that day! Going through my mom’s stuff I found a photo album of black and white photos of our travels to Argentina and around the US as my father searched for the “perfect” place to live… my mother was quite the photographer and I’m glad she documented those times.

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    • I was desperate, Roslyn. 🙂 When I read the note recently, I was transported to that desperate time. In my child’s mind, my world would end, if I couldn’t go out into the snow. Wow, what a treasure you discovered. Now I know where you get your photography talent. I hope you’re able to share some of your mother’s photos. I’d love to see them. Enjoy your weekend!

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  29. I found two notes from our daughters – written when they were in elementary school – and, yes, they did bring a smile to my face.

    Jill, did you get to go out in the snow? My Mom voice might have been overly protective. But it sounds like you made a good case. 😉

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    • Your “mom voice” was life my mother’s voice, Judy. I think I was denied. 😦 She was always worried about me and my sister getting sick, and she was very protective. I’m happy you saved some notes written by your daughters. I’m sure they’ll enjoy reading them. Happy Weekend!

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  30. Brings a smile to my face, too, sweet Jill.

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  31. Oh, Jill, I was rooting for 11 year old you! 😦 I don’t have anything as endearing. Just old photos and drawings 🙂

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  32. And, what made you think you were the better one? Mom did save my girl scout sash with badges and gave it to me many years ago. Now, whose the better kid?! Love you! Sis.

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    • Ha ha! I didn’t mean “better” as in greater, Sha. I meant I was better…as in healthy, no longer sick. 🙂 Hey, is that my Girl Scout sash you have? I recently asked mom about my sash and she said she gave it to me. I don’t have it anywhere. Thanks for popping over. Love you too! xoxo

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  33. Not discovered, as such, just handed back to me. Mum found the holiday diaries I used to write on behalf of the family when we went for our annual vacation and let me have them to keep. I kept a log going for each holiday between the ages of eight to thirteen. After that, I think I lost interest… Family holidays started to be an embarrassment!

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    • Ha ha! Those embarrassing holidays would have made for even better holiday diaries, Jenny. 🙂 The ages of eight to thirteen are a changeable time for a kid, especially a girl. I’m curious if your writing voice changed over those years. What fun it must be to read through those diaries. Enjoy your weekend!

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  34. How absolutely adorable you were! So cute. Is that your sister popping in above?! Thanks for sharing this, Jill! I have found things that bring back memories. And things I have no memory of at all!!

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  35. I enjoyed this plea you gave to your parents. It is a sweet and wonderful note, your handwriting is very even and precise. I like the way you really wanted to go outside and hope you were well enough to do so, not too long after it was written.
    I like to find notes from my own children and now, grandchildren. I was showing my oldest grandson his hand print, while only 18 months old, dated March 17, 2006. He was born in Nov. 2004. At the time, his mother, his father and he were living in Dayton, so there was a green shamrock and his hand outlined onto one of the three little leaves. It was so sweet because he shook his head and said, “I am quite sure, Nana, I did not know what Mom was doing at that age!” We laughed at his sort of “British-speak” he used yesterday! Smiles! Hope you have been enjoying a sunny day and this week will be very enjoyable and productive for you, Jill.

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    • Yes, I was dying to go out and play in the snow, Robin. I thought it would be the last big storm of the season. Don’t you just love those little hand prints? Thanks for sharing your memories. I bet you have a lot of notes between your children and grandchildren. Enjoy your week!

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  36. How amazing that your parents kept that! That would feel weird for me to find something like that now. 🙂

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  37. You were so persuasive at such a young age! Very smart and quite the case you made for yourself. Did it work? Did your parents let you go out?

    I love finding things like that and trying to picture myself at that time. It so happens that I just got back from an 80th birthday party in NY for one of my father’s first cousins. I had not seen him since I was about 12 years old. Prior to going, I found some old photographs that I thought he would enjoy seeing. Not only was he thrilled to see me and the photos but he shared with me stories about he and my dad galavanting around when they were 18 years old, causing trouble with a capital T. I had never heard these stories and they really warmed my heart and made me miss my father and feel closer to him. There is nothing like stories told from the elderly relatives to make you nostalgic and happy. 🙂

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    • I agree, Maria! It’s great to hear stories told by our elderly relatives, especially when the stories involve our parents. I’m happy you were able to learn more about your father. It sounds as though you and your father’s cousin exchanged gifts from the heart. I bet he loved the photographs. 🙂
      As far as me and the plea…I’m pretty sure that I was denied. Oh well, there were plenty more snow storms. Enjoy your week! xo

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  38. Hahaha. That’s adorable. I’d bet you’d fake a cough today to stay OUT of the snow. 😉

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  39. Wonderful stumbling across this moment in time, Jill. My parents weren’t big savers of keepsakes, so I don’t have much to look back on from childhood. I do keep some of my kids’ prize possessions, though. It’s impossible to keep everything, but I try to save a few original creations that displays their writing and drawings. Just another reminder that we don’t get these years back.

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  40. It made me laugh Jill, I also love to keep stuff, hopefully when my kids grow up, they would find stuff they’d long forgotten! Awesome post Jill. 🙂

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  41. What a wonderful memory, I am forever hoarding bit of stuff and then trying really hard to forget about them so I can be surprised in years to come. Problem comes from when I remember something and then wish to see the old thing I rememebred. Predictably I can’t find it and have to have a sulk.

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  42. Adorable! What a treasure, Jill. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  43. Going through my mother’s belongings brought up so many memories — the straw bag she always took to the beach, notes and cards from our childhood, my father’s report card. Wow. I love your note Jill. It is indeed a treasure!

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  44. Oh, Jill, that is so adorable. I’ve saved every note and picture my kids have ever written to me and reading them can certainly flood my heart with lovely memories. When my mom passed I was given some jewelry and the memories of her wearing certain pieces brought so many bittersweet memories. This is a lovely post, Jill. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Elizabeth. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. That’s great that you’ve saved the notes and pictures for your kids. They’ll love going through them one day, if they haven’t already. It sounds like you have a few other special treasures with your mother’s jewelry. xo

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  45. I have found a lot of old drawings I did when I was a kid. My favorites are the ones where I wrote my name backwards. My high school friends told me that Itak kinda fits me. 😉

    So did the plea work? Were you allowed to go out in the snow?

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    • Sorry…I missed this comment. I bet those are fun to look at, with your name backward. 🙂
      As far as I can remember, I think I was denied. My mom was pretty strict when it came to my sister and I playing when we were sick.

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  46. This is great ~ special wonderful memories are so often the little things that shine!

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  47. This is so sweet. It’s so cool to discover something we wrote when we were kids. I love to read my attempts at novels as a teenager. It’s pretty funny, but also really awesome to see how much I wanted to do this. 🙂

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