About The Weekend Letter

Typewriter LettersThe tradition of writing a letter to my children started in the fall of 2001 when they were grown enough to be scattered around the country.  Having dabbled in family genealogy for some years prior, it occurred to me that generations to come are usually left with knowing very little about their ancestors.  So, to leave something behind other than just a dash between my birth date and death date was one motivator, the other was to share some relevant thoughts for the times.

To date, there are now over 250,00 words on 460 pages of past letters, notes to myself, feedback when noteworthy and a few I never sent for various reasons.  Topics have ranged from history, to life, to marriage, love and love lost, friends and relationships, birth, death and grieving, some pets and pet peeves, a few epiphanies along the way and just about any other topics that I have felt compelled to put in print and share with my children.

I suspect that from time to time, I may dig a favorite letter out of the archives to share on the blog.  If I do, it will be noted as such and placed in the Pre-Blog Favorites.  While I have already shared them with my children, this blog opens up a whole new audience.  So for those of you that may wish to follow this, it is my hope that from time to time you will find a morsal or two worth the time.

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Kim of Kim & Jason August 17, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Jon,
I am so inspired by your commitment to writing your weekly letters and how lucky are WE to be able to also partake in this wonderful journey. Thanks for introducing me to your blog!

Jon Long Sr August 18, 2009 at 8:45 am

Kim, Thanks for your great comment about the letters. With now over 300 pages and 8 years of letters, the kids keep telling me I need to put all of them in a book sometime. I may leave that for them to do. Who knows? TTFN!

Matt Stone December 29, 2009 at 7:29 am

And to think I knew you when you were only a nerdy inventor/ service manager( some of the best days of my life though.And we will leave it at that for the others : ) Wishing you all a Happy new year and good health.

Jon Long Sr December 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Matt, yes I agree there were many good times. That is the stuff that we keep for rainy days to brighten them. Thanks for the wish as well and we hope your’s is great.

Jon Long Sr February 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Hi, Mohammad, did you have a comment for the blog? I would be interested in your opinions.

Beth December 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I stumbled upon your blog and wanted to drop a line. I myself, have always kept a journal so my family would know my history. I crave information about my ancestors and have nothing to read or go by other than a few spoken memories. I dabble on ancestory.com to learn more but it’s not the same. What you’re doing is such a sweet sentiment to your family 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and yours! PS your picture really looks like my handsome father!

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