(To any of you parents reading this right now: No, you/your son/your daughter do not get “extra points” for this exercise and you don’t “lose points” either. You simply take away some piece of mind—at least you should.)
In some of these letters that we receive, I can literally see the parents appreciating their son/daughter more and more as the letter unfolds.
These parent letters make me think: It is not often in life that we are asked to put life on hold, reflect for a moment, and form into words all of the specific things that make a special someone in our lives so special. The exercise allows you to rediscover all of those hidden gems about that person who has been living under your roof for the past 17 years.
Parents, it may be too late to submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of your child, but it is never too late to take a moment to tell them how proud you are of the person they have become.
Dan Weagle ‘08