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Dear Mom:                                                                  January 5, 2023

Can you believe it is already the year 2023? I’m still writing ’22 on everything! It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting in the first grade and celebrating the change to a new century.

I know we haven’t really chatted since Christmas, Mom, & I’m sorry. Anyway, I have some very difficult news to share with you, & I really didn’t want to call & talk face to face.

But before I get to that, let me report that Ted’s had a big promotion, and I should be up for a hefty raise this year if I keep putting in those crazy hours – you know how I work at it. Yes, we’re still struggling with the bills.

Little Timmy’s been okay at kindergarten, although he complains about going. But then, he wasn’t happy about the day care center either. So what can I do? He’s been a real problem, Mom. He’s a good kid, but quite honestly, he’s an unfair burden on us at this time in our lives. Ted and I have talked this through, and we have finally made a choice. Plenty of other families have made the same choice and are really better off today. Our pastor is supportive of our choice. He pointed out the family is a system, and the demands of one member shouldn’t be allowed to ruin the whole. The pastor told us to be prayerful and consider all the factors as to what is right to make our family work. He says that even though he probably wouldn’t do it himself, the choice is really ours. He was kind enough to refer us to a children’s clinic near here, so at least that part is easy.

Don’t get me wrong Mom – I’m not an uncaring mother. I do feel sorry for the little guy. I think he heard Ted and me talking about it the other night. I turned and saw him standing at the bottom of the stairs in his pj’s with the little bear that you gave him under his arm – and his eyes were sort of welled up with tears.

Mom the way he looked at me just about broke my heart, but I honestly believe this is better for Timmy too. It’s not fair to force him to live in a family that can’t give him the time and attention he deserves.

And please, Mom, don’t give me the kind of grief that grandma gave you over your abortions. It’s the same thing, you know. There’s really no difference. We’ve told Timmy he’s just going in for a vaccination. Anyway, they say the termination procedure is painless.

I guess it’s just as well you haven’t seen much of little Timmy lately. Please give my love to Dad.

Your daughter.