Dear Mr. President, You've Inspired My 5-Year-Old Daughter
January 23, 2009
Dear Mr. President:
The last time I wrote to a president was thirty-two years ago when I was ten years old. In return, I received a nice signed form letter and photograph from President Gerald Ford (no pressure by the way). But this time I am not writing to you on my behalf, but instead, I am writing on my daughter's behalf.
Monday evening my husband went to the mailbox forgetting it was a holiday and found an envelope with your name on it written in crayon. Apparently, my five-year-old, Chloe, had taken it upon herself to write you a letter and assumed if she put it in the mailbox with your just last name (and no stamp of course) it would somehow magically get to Washington. Her goal was for you to actually receive it on inauguration day. As not to upset her, we let her think it was in the mail and that you must have gotten it in time.
I confess, I opened it up and read it (enclosed). As you can see she wanted you to know she thinks you will be a "good president." She then drew a picture of you and of her together. She said she wanted you to have it on inauguration day because she wanted you to "be happy." I asked her what she thought you might think of the note, and she said, "He'll probably want to know who this girl Chloe is in North Carolina."
We have talked to our children about the political process, about the election, and about the significance of the inauguration, but I had no idea she had been paying attention, or even understood at such a young age.
Watching the inauguration on television the other day I was struck by the look of awe on the faces of the millions of people in the crowd. It is truly amazing to inspire so many people, but frankly, as a parent, I am much more touched by the fact that you inspired my daughter, and for that I am truly grateful.
I hope you get a chance to see her letter. God bless you, and God bless