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Letter to a 7-year-old — Part 1

April 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Dear Abhishek,

On April 19, you will turn 7. I will not be there for your birthday since I will be away in the US on a business trip. You were quite disappointed that I will be missing your birthday. I said I will wish you via Skype, and we can celebrate it in your own small way once I am back. Anyways, you are not the birthday party kind!

These letters to you have acquired a life of their own. I have been writing one every year since you were born. I write these more for me than for you. (You are now starting to read, so maybe you will read this.) It helps me, for the half hour that I take to write this, think about you at a level other than a day. Memories fade, and even now, it is hard to remember how things were a year ago.

When you grow older, perhaps some of these letters will kindle memories of a wonderful, carefree childhood. Or, when I grow older, I will read these letters and relive your childhood. At this point, the latter seems more likely!

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