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…

Another funny from the IRS

I wrote back in July that I had gotten a notice from the IRS that I had underpaid my income taxes and they were charging me for the back taxes and the interest. I transferred money into my checking,sent it off via certified mail and then made sure they took the money out of my account.

That was it. I figured I was now settled up.

But it was not to be. Apparently it took three weeks, from the middle of August to the middle of September, for my tax to go from Columbus, Ohio (the address they told me to send it to) to somewhere in New York state. And because of that delay, even though I paid the entire amount in full, they are charging me $12 in interest. I called the number on the sheet and as of today, I owe $12.17!

So since I am unsure where the money will go after I send it to New York, and am now pretty sure they will penalize me for any time it takes to get there (because they are apparently still using pony express mail delivery) I will be enclosing $15 to make sure all the interest is paid - with instructions to apply the left overs, if any, on the national debt!

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