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…

Going gray naturally

When I was growing up my mom colored her hair religiously. She went to the beauty parlor every week to have it washed and set for a week!  It must have been a little expensive on her school teacher's salary, but she kept a weekly regular appointment.

She finally let go of all that upkeep in her late 50s and was much happier.
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I always vowed that I was not going to be restrained by my hair like that and as it turns out, I didn't have an option anyway! By the time my hair started turning gray I didn't have a lot of extra money to spend on upkeep! 

There have been some bonuses to just letting nature take its course.

1.  My hair is in GREAT shape. It isn't damaged by chemicals and overprocessing. It is thick and shiny.

2.  It saves time.  I sit in a beauty parlor chair about once every six to eight weeks and I'm done in 15 minutes. A little more if I go for the shampoo and blow dry, but usually I wash it at home and just come in. Snip snip snip!  and I'm done.

3.  Consequently, I save oodles of money! 

4.  I don't look like everyone else. My gray has a unique pattern and personality. I read and hear so many women say they have no idea how really gray they are... well I do. And I know exactly where the gray is and how to work with it.

5.  If I ever can't take care of my hair due to illness, injury, long trip etc., I won't have to worry about maintaining my hair color.

6,  It gives me an air of authority. I think sometimes I get to do some things just because I look the part!

7.  I think it also shows that I am keeping it real and willing to take risks.

7.  After a certain age, dark hair color can make you old too.  It just stops fooling people about your age.

There are certain tricks to keeping your gray nice, but it seems to me they are a lot less troublesome than keeping roots covered up.

Celebrities with gray hair.
More here
Time Magazine The War over Going Gray.

Learn to to Love your Grey

Originally posted September 15, 2010