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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…

Tylenol worked - who knew?

Just to recap, on May 8th, while merrily moving a heavy kneeler around getting ready for a beautiful wedding at church, I paid more attention to the music from the balcony than to what I was doing and ended up tripping on a marble stair and smashing my back. I've been dealing with the bruising and back pain ever since.

Little things have helped. Wearing a body shaper helped keep the pain in check and Aleve and Motrin helped a little. And every day I would note that I was improving... a little. But I couldn't sit for long periods, I couldn't go up and down stairs as much as I need to, and driving is excruciating. I feel a little better after a very hot shower with the hot water beating on my back, but that's about the best that I feel. So today I wondered, what would happen if I just bought some Tylenol? The Aleve said to only take it for 10 days (I'm past that!) and the Motrin didn't make that much difference. So I bought some, and tried it, and 1/2 an hour later I could tell a big difference. A marked difference.

I did a little research and apparently Tylenol works on pain receptors in the brain, where as Aleve and Motrin relieve pain and swelling on the site. So maybe feeling better is a mirage? If so, I don't care. I got a lot more done today and I feel so much better, and for the first time since this happened, I'm thinking maybe I haven't doomed myself to a state of chronic back problems.

So either the Tylenol worked, or... this was the day it was all going to turn the corner anyway. We'll see.



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