A Letter To The Family Who Bought My Grandparents' House

A Letter To The Family Who Bought My Grandparents' House

Your new home means so much to me.
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Dear New Homeowners,

I honestly never thought I would see this day. I never thought that someone other than my grandparents or my family members would be living in that house. I want to tell you about them. I want to tell you about the house that you now call your own.

My grandparents were two of the best people in the world. They would do anything for anyone in a heartbeat. Losing them was very difficult on our family and their friends. They were the most giving people I have ever met.

Over the years, I watched their health deteriorate. I watched them struggle to take care of each other. I watched my mom take care of my grandma every day because her health got significantly worse after my grandpa left this world. I watched my mom and aunts and uncles go through everything when my grandma died. I saw how hard it was, especially on my mom. All of the memories came flashing back.

Your new home means so much to me. The memories I have there are countless. I took my first steps in the family room. My grandma taught me how to sew in the dining room. I played games with both my grandma and grandpa. I had countless sleepovers with my sister and cousins there. We dressed up in my mom’s old prom dresses. I can’t tell you how many hours I sat on the deck with Grandma and Grandpa, waving at honking cars going by and how many meals we had out there together.

I hope your new house is as good for you as it was for my family. I hope you have kids who play in the front yard. I hope you can have family get-togethers there like we always did. I hope you make amazing memories with your family.

It’s going to be so hard for me to drive by your new home and see a new car in the driveway. I’m sure it will be easier over time. I hope you don’t mind if when I drive by, I honk to say hello. Please know that my grandparents will always be watching over you and smiling down. They will be so thrilled that their house is a new home to a family.

Love,

The Granddaughter of the Old Homeowners

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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