Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

The Lost Finale

My household was very excited for the "LOST weekend." We relived the first episode, watched all of the recaps, and then hunkered down for the 2 1/2 hour main event...that left me with more questions than ever before.

Apparently, the parallel universe that we were privy to all season was actually the afterlife? An after life with extras? Because in that life, Jack had a son (a very skilled pianist by the way) with Juliet, and was practicing medicine in a LA Hospital. Charlie was still wasted and working with his rock band, Benjamin Linus was a respected teacher and his "daughter" was alive and well living with her real mother Danielle, and Claire was still pregnant with baby Aaron. But last night we were kind of lead to believe that this was a big fantasy that only a few were privy to. As each one of our beloved Losties came to "remember" their past life on the island and each other, it just made me wonder if nurse #3 or pedestrian in the fourth scene were in their own little worlds waiting to be re-awakened to their own kind of reality.

In the end Christian Shepherd (Kate points out the irony of that name) leads his son Jack to the realization that he too is dead, and that all of the friends waiting for him outside are also dead, including just about everyone on the island except for Michael and Walt - I guess we'll never figure out what was up with Walt's special abilities. And I guess Benjamin Linus wasn't dead yet, because he opted not to go into the church with the others, although he was invited by Hurley.

I still can't figure out the island. Put the rock cork in/ pull the rock cork out, earthquakes and thunderstorms. What did any of that mean? and why should I care any more?

And now that Richard has a gray hair, is he mortal? What happened to the plane that left the island?

I loved all the reunions. It was great to see Shannon and Boone again. I was hoping to see Walt but didn't. But the "we're all dead" seemed like an easy way to end the show without going into a seventh season or a feature film. To me it seemed like an easy way to converge the two story lines and it didn't even do that very well, at least not to my satisfaction.

I'll bet someone on line is going to write a better different ending. I just hope I find it and get a chance to read it. Right now I'm kind of thinking I want to avoid getting attached to any more long serials - this Lost adventure was just not very satisfying.

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