I don’t know if this really happened, but it could.  And it’s worth considering because there is a lesson to be learned for every parent.  I recently received this from Sonya Allman.

A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see that the bed was nicely made and everything was picked up.  Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to “Dad.”  With the worst premonition imaginable, he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter.

Dear Dad,

It is with great regret and sorrow that I am writing you.  I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you.  I have found real passion with Stacy and she is so nice.  But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercings, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes… and the fact that she is much older than I am.

But it’s not only the passion… Dad… she’s pregnant.  Stacy said that we will be very happy.  She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter.  We share a dream of having many more children.  Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn’t really hurt anyone.  We will be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstacy.  In the meantime we pray that a cure is found for AIDS so Stacy can get better.  She deserves it.

Don’t worry Dad.  I’m 15 and I know how to take care of myself.  Someday I’m sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.


Your Son Cody…

P.S.  Dad, none of the above is true.  I’m over at Tommy’s house.  I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the report card that is in my center desk drawer.  I love you.  Call me when it’s safe to come home…