Brandon, Brandon, Brandon

Brandon, Brandon, Brandon

Brandon, Brandon, Brandon
Brandon, Brandon, Brandon
Mom, Brandon, Dad
Mom, Brandon, Dad
Brandon and Friends
Brandon and Friends
Mom, Brandon, Dad and an award
Mom, Brandon, Dad and an award
Auntie, Brandon, Mom, Grandmother
Auntie, Brandon, Mom, Grandmother
Auntie, Mom, Uncle, Brandon, Grandmother
Auntie, Mom, Uncle, Brandon, Grandmother
Brandon, Dad
Brandon, Dad
Auntie, Mom, Brandon
Auntie, Mom, Brandon

Brandon, Brandon, Brandon

Hearing your name called three times, in a calm tone, with a bowed head, shaking it back and forward, more than likely it indicates that someone is disappointed in you. Well, that's how I feel about Brandon right now, in addition to that, a mixture of pride and satisfaction. I'll explain later. Brandon is the grandson that I wrote about in a previous hub, entitled, "I Know What You're Going Through,"in order to completely understand what I'm getting at you might want to go back and read that hub. I also spoke about him in my "Worst Grandmother," hub. If you'll recall I called him, sneaky. I'll explain that later too. Brandon is barely twelve years old, but as I stated in a previous hub, he's going on thirty, sometimes, and at other times, going on five.

Well, Brandon did something that surprised me, in addition it gave me a measure of pride and satisfaction, but I was a little disappointed too. Do you call that double talk, (LOL)?

Brandon spent the summer with his grandfather, my ex-husband. He has expressed to us that he thoroughly enjoyed himself. To him, a summer never to forget. Now, as to why I'm, disappointed. He wrote, (on paper, with a pen),his mother, two letters, yes, I said wrote, (the lost art). Disappointed, and surprised, because, he almost got me this time, I didn't know he could write that well, I don't mean his penmanship, but his ability to express himself the way that he did. You see, Brandon has been turning out substandard work at school. I always knew that his verbal skills were well beyond his years, but his writing, never. At least, that is what he has shown us, these last few years. Pride, because of his over all ability to put pen to paper and make it sound so intelligent. Satisfaction, because, I now know, that, what we've been trying to teach him has somehow penetrated.

Okay, to the sneaky part, think about this now, he has been leading us to believe that he could not express himself on paper, when all the while he's been hiding this ability. Making us do what all parents have done, since the dawn of time, write their reports, or at least let them copy them in part or completely, verbatim, from the writings of others. Brandon, Brandon, Brandon.

I'm going to, with his mothers permission, reprint his two letters and let you see what I mean. Now, to some of you, this might not be impressive, and it would not have been for me, if I had not seen some of his written reports. Now, when I say write, I don't mean typed, no, he wrote them with his own hands. These are actually his words, not his grandfather's. If you've read my previous hubs, he calls me, mom as well as his mother mom, and he call his grandfather dad as well as his father dad. That's because he lived with us most of his life and never called us grands. Just setting this up for you, here goes.

The letters

Letter #1 (verbatim)

Dear mom,

Dad and I decided to write and send you a few pictures. Yesterday , Mom, (meaning me), and I went to a meeting then returned home for dad to pick me up and go to a family pool party. I met quite a few of my distant cousins that I have never seen before or even knew I had. I only picked up a few of the names. To my surprise I was one of the older ones in the pool. The food present at the party was delightful. I even picked up a to go plate. I know you are surprised to get this letter from me, but dad is behind this whole thing. I miss you and California and I love you very much.

Sincerely,

Brandon

Now, these are his words, not his grandfathers, I know because he, (dad),doesn't express himself that way. Notice, I didn't correct the punctuation. Oh, by the way I happened to be in the Atlanta at the same time, (hence the reference to me in the letter), and I didn't know a thing about it until I arrived back home.

Letter #2 (verbatim)

Hi mom

It is around 4:00 and me and dad are lying around the house. A friend of dad's swung by the house and has invited dad and I to dinner. So far today I have managed to finish tennis lessons, take grandma back home from the community center.

As you may conclude that I have had a day to relax and recline. My plans for the weekend include going to a picnic with Aunt Anne and plans beyond that are to visit stone mountain which is a popular amusement park in Atlanta. I was going to see If I could go with Anissa to Stone Mountain some time.

Sincerely

Brandon

Now, look at that, this young man didn't even misspell a word, and he didn't even have spell check............Is a grandmother's pride showing through here? I wrote it just the way that he did, little punctuation, and capitalization errors, etc. Those things can easily be fixed. I don't know about you, but I was thoroughly impressed. He will be on HubPages soon, I promise.

An open letter to Brandon

Young man, I got you now. Never again will you be able to turn in substandard reports. I know what you are capable of, and will accept nothing less than the your best. Remember, I told you about the genes that you descended from, owing to that you got caught. You almost got away with this one though. I will be alert to your comings and goings henceforth. So buck up bud, I'll be watching you! Most of all, I love you, and I am proud of you!


Conclusion

I don't know about you, but I would conclude from these letters, that the art or letter WRITING, is an art that should be revived. My daughter wants to frame these letters, and I can't blame her. I even asked him to write me one, I'm still waiting, if he does, I'll frame mine too. Why don't we start a campaign to write at least one letter a month to someone we love. Hand write, not type. Even if it's illegible, the thought will certainly count. I plan to write my first letter tomorrow. Anyone, else that writes, or plan to write, let me know.

Letter Writing Campaign

Will you write a letter to someone you love?

  • Yes
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  • Maybe so
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© 2009 Alfreta Sailor

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Comments 20 comments

ralwus 7 years ago

I fear the day of handwriting letters are gone. Have you ever read some of the old ones from like the Victorian age? My those people could express themselves. I collect stamps as well as old letters and post cards too. Seems to me you are doing a fine job with Brandon and deserve to be proud of him. Best wishes now. CC


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks ralwus, I hope you're wrong about letter writing. I collect, or rather save letters that were written to me, never thought of collecting others, something to think about.


ladydijay 7 years ago

I'm happy for Brandon, it's a tough world out there. He has that smart kid look. You have to stay two steps ahead of him.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks, ladydijay, you pegged him right. All in all he's a good kid.


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friya77 7 years ago

I miss those golden days, when I would receive a letter from someone, near or far. It was a good feeling. Emails are nice too. But actually getting a hand written letter from someone, just takes it a step further. Back in the year 1998, even when there was email, I remember my husband who was still waiting on his Visa to come to America, writing to me every other day. How I anxiously waited for his letters, I can't explain in words. The sweet smell of the perfumed paper, the cute little rose petals, and his hand writing, is irreplacable. Thanks for writing such a great hub. When my kids bring home hand written cards with cute little innocent messages, it just makes my day. Thanks fastfreta for another wonderful Hub. Brandon is really lucky to have a grandmother like you. And you must be really proud of him, those letters are excellent.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks friya, I am very proud of Brandon. Oh yes I do remember the days when my husband, who was in the military at the time, would write me, a letter a day. I still have the letters, but not the husband. Oops, does that say anything?


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

lovely hub


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Brenda for stopping by.


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

Letter writing is a lost art, I think we call it e-mail nowadays. As a Gulf War Veteran, I recall mail call was pretty important. I am a testament many of these children know how to write as I received numerous letters from school classes and the like. Hail, the old fashioned mail!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

emohealer, thanks for another positive vote for old fashion letter writing.


jqs2009 7 years ago

His writing was only credited as substandard? Man! That's far-fetched! I dont buy it, hehe. Very impressive, this young man really deserves a lot of encouragement, and you grandma should feel that sense of pride! I doubt it if I could write that well when I was five, without spelling check, hehe. I would definitely credit the old-fashioned letter writing. With the advent of Internet and text-messaging, people are reluctant to read and write anymore. However, nothing can compare with the exuberance you get from unexpected letters deriving from your loved ones:)


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks jqs2009, I try to encourage him as much as possible, and I am proud of him. Yes the Internet has put a damper on handwriting. But I must be fair, if it wasn't for the Internet I would not be writing now, something that I'm appreciating more and more everyday.


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

Another fantastic hub. Your grandson is so much like you. I am not sure why you were surprised, because he has literally followed your example. You have every reason to be proud of him, and I look forward to reading his hubs as I do yours.

My mother used to travel often while I was a child. We communicated solely by letter writing while she was away. We both kept the letters we wrote each other. I have no idea what has happened to them since, but she would even show strangers the letters I wrote her. We really loved writing to each other.

I fully understand how you feel about your grandson. You have done very well 'grandma'... I mean 'Mom'. I am proud of you both. Congratulations!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

There you go again create a page, again you are the best.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

This was a very interesting article. Very unique in the way you have shown your grandson love and support by writing this hub. It's wonderful. And you have a beautiful family.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Pamela on all accounts, I appreciate your encouragement. Please stop again.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hooray for handwritten communication! I still remember coming of age in my handwriting/printing (since it was fashionable to include some printed letters with the cursive back then.) Everyone paid attention to the way each expressed him or herself and notes were labors of love (literally.)

When my Dad, who was in the service at that time, heard about my Mom through her brother, he asked if he could write to her. The letters back and forth were the beginnings of a romance that eventually resulted in their marriage. I still have one or two of them and it is a tribute to the power of the handwritten letter. Good to see you encourage your family in this fine tradition. =:)


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Winsome for your encouragement. What a cute story about your parents, I love it. Thanks for stopping, please stop again.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

You should be very proud of Brandon, I'd be framin' those bad boys too. You know maybe it's not his fault with school, some kids that are a bit smarter get bored easy. It's obvious he's got it together and with you and the folks he has around him I think he'll be just fine. I love the photos!! Peace!! Tom


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Tom for your vote of confidence, we're continuing to pull him along, it's an uphill battle, but we're not giving up. See you again soon.

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