Love letter

Dear baby Alex,

This is mommy here. Right now you’re in dark room filled with water. Mommy knows you’re moving around, trying to get some exercise in a limited space. Hopefully you’re still comfortable in there though Mommy knows space will be a constraint in the coming weeks. Unfortunately the real estate is even more costly than Tokyo’s. But no worries, you only have to bear with this condition for 3 months or less. Soon, you’ll be able to see mommy and daddy. But first, you’ll have to get through that narrow canal, either that or a hole will open up in the ceiling of the room.

Mommy knows it’ll be a shock for you to get exposed to bright light, the cold temperature and all these strange creatures looking at you. Rest assured that 2 of them are mommy and daddy. Mommy knows you’re cold and scared, and so she’ll cuddle you right away.

Mommy is not sure if you’re dying to get out of the dark room, but she wants you to know that you have to be ready before you can face the world. Mommy wants you to be prepared because it’ll be totally different from the dark room. Mommy herself is also trying to prepare for your arrival. She’s alternating between thinking/reading up on how to best take care of you and getting intimidated at the thought of the huge effort involved. She’s starting to get cold feet, a little like a bride reconsidering her wedding.

But mommy knows that there’s no such thing as a refund, and the deal has been signed, sealed and delivered, ready for collection. It’s not that mommy doesn’t love you or doesn’t wanna take care of you. It’s just that this is a first for her, and she has gotten used to a lifestyle where there’s no little you around. So this will be a new experience for mommy.

Both you and mommy will embark on this journey together with daddy. You’ll hear of this phrase later in life ‘it’s not the destination that counts, it’s the journey’. Daddy has a lot of ideas and plans in his head already on how to make it fun for you and to help you prepare for the world. Mommy will try her best not to get daunted and to be as best a guide as she can.

Till you meet with mommy and daddy, daddy has a poem that he wants to give to you. This was written by Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, b1768-d1813, (which both mommy and daddy got from the movie ‘Act of Valor’, and by the way, daddy is a fan of the Navy Seals):

So live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their views, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a stranger if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools and robs them of their visions. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

Mommy and daddy


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