Dear Baby, Letter 2.

Dear baby,

Many, many years ago, my mother, your grandmother, looked at me and said, “I hope you have a child just like you.”

While there is no question that your grandmother loves the both of us, I do not believe that this statement was meant to be flattering.

In fact, I think these words were spoken shortly before or after I was informed that my middle name should have been Why?”

I.  Questioned.  Everything.


What’s fascinating about my childhood personality is that at 28 years of age, I still do question everything and believe in having a reason behind every action and inaction.  If you stopped me in the middle of any given day at any given moment and asked me why I was doing what I was doing, I promise that the answer would never be, “Just because,” or, “I don’t know.”

(This might not be true of your father.)

All this is to say that just in case you are the fulfillment of my mother’s “curse,” believe me that all of my “yes’s” and all of my “no’s” will be given out of love and reasoning, not for the joy of causing you exasperation.

I promise that this will all make sense later.

With a growing love,

Your Mom


  1. May 17, 2012

    LOL, poor Brian …. hmmm, now that I think of it, poor Caitlin. 😉

  2. May 17, 2012
    Lynnea Williams

    Okay, this one really makes me laugh. I would love to check in with you in eight or nine years to see if you have ever said, “j.u.s.t. b.e.c.a.u.s.e.” to your sweet, precious child.

    The thing I swore I would never say to my kids was, “Stop crying or I will give you something to cry about.”
    Needless to say I have said it quite a few times…. and chuckle a little to myself every time I say it.

  3. May 17, 2012

    I can’t imagine you doing anything but answering the questions. I did too. Everyone laughed because even at age one and two, I explained everything in detail. My daughter Joy does the same thing with her daughter, so I’m still a believer. If I’m being honest, I do the same thing with my dog….who is now deaf 🙂

  4. May 21, 2012

    LOL! I concur! Your middle name definitely should have been “why”. Yup

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