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…

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1.  To prepare for the Star Wars moving this weekend, my family watched the first three Star Wars movies this week, the ones from the late 1970s.

Mr. Pete was really excited about them back in the day; I just kinda went along for the ride, but I don't remember not liking them.  With a renewed look, I was surprised how really corny they were! Yet I remember weeping in the second movie over this scene.

2.  So the kids and Mr. Pete are excited to see the new movie and I'll go with them, but first I have to read all the spoilers.

I am at a point in my life where I want to know what's going to happen in the movies before I go. I want to be able to brace myself for the certain tragedies to come.  My kids and certainly Mr. Pete do not understand that, but it makes me feel better. Life has enough unpleasant surprises in it and I can't see the spoilers for that! But if I can lessen the pain of a movie tragedy, I'm going to do it before I go to the theater!

3. Last week on General Hospital, little actress Brooklyn Rae Selzer gave a very moving performance. Her character, Emma, has had to say good bye to her mother twice, and to at least two live-in girlfriends. Last week her father and his paramour decided to break up (her husband is back from the dead - it is a soap opera after all) and Emma was heartbroken. The scene starts around 1:48.

When I was around 12, my father cut a visit very short after a confrontation with my grandmother. It remains one of the most painful memories of my childhood. Watching this scene reminds me a little of what that felt like.

3. We did our last day of homeschooling before the break yesterday.  Lest anyone accuse us of slacking off before the holidays- this is what Izzy and Noah looked like yesterday!
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4.  We made it out to the cemetery today to decorate the graves for the baby and mom. It looks so strange to see all of the lovely decorations and no snow!!

5.  A little weeping angel that Izzy made and gave to her art teacher for Christmas.
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6. A busy, busy week ahead!  The kids are singing in the Messiah Sunday night, Mr. Pete and I have our last concert on Monday night, then my family is involved musically in three masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! This is why in a musical family, it's best to have the shopping and the wrapping done way before Christmas Week!

7. One of my favorite pieces from this year's concert season.

Available on our new CD.