Dear Al

September 14, 2010
By OfficialApprover PLATINUM, Orefield, Pennsylvania
OfficialApprover PLATINUM, Orefield, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Grab life by the balls. -Slobberknocker
We cannot change the cards we're dealt just how we play the hand
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted
It's pretty easy to be smart when you're parroting smart people
-Randy Pausch


Dear Al,

Can I call you Al? I think you would’ve wanted me to call you that. My mom did. I guess I’ll never really know—but it’s nice to imagine.

Why did you do it? All of it? Where did you get that strength? I have read text book after text book of famous people, but none of them were as brave and strong as you. In my opinion. I don’t know how much that counts.

All those things you did—you helped a lot of people. Thousands, millions—does it matter exactly how many? The time spent in jail, the death threats, even the attempts…I know you thought it was all worth it. Bubba pleaded you to stop, so, so many times, but you never did. You never gave up.

Did you pass that strength to me? I know you passed it to your grandson. He’s following in your footsteps. You’d be proud.

But what about me? Did I get a part of it, or was he given the main share? I guess only time will tell. Once I’ve reached my full potential, I’ll write you again and tell you, even though you’ll never read it. A girl can hope.

My parents didn’t choose Alexandra because it was a lovely name, even though it is. They named me after you(I’m sorry but Alberta simply wasn’t practical). I loathe sounding sappy, but I must say, I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather be named after. If only I’d gotten your last name. Then people could have heard my name and thought “That’s Al’s great niece.”

I have many regrets in my life, short as it’s been. But one of the largest was never getting to meet you. Never getting to hear your moving, inspirational voice or see your smiling, whiskered face. I would have loved that. I know.

I’m sorry if I rambled, but it isn’t easy talking to the dead. I feel foolish enough as it is. Most likely you’ll never get this letter, but in my dreams I’ll see you read it. And you’ll smile.

Thank you. Thank you for everything. For my inspiration, my name, any strength I may have been given—thank you.

Yours in love


The author's comments:
He's dead, but I'd like to think he can see this. I'd like to.

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on Sep. 26 2010 at 8:47 pm
OfficialApprover PLATINUM, Orefield, Pennsylvania
48 articles 0 photos 1754 comments

Favorite Quote:
Grab life by the balls. -Slobberknocker
We cannot change the cards we're dealt just how we play the hand
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted
It's pretty easy to be smart when you're parroting smart people
-Randy Pausch

Thank you. It was me writing to my dead great uncle Al.

on Sep. 26 2010 at 5:37 pm
whatshername GOLD, Carlsbad, California
14 articles 1 photo 112 comments
who is this about? its very well written btw


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