Stay Strong in Your Convictions

Over the past few months I’ve found myself reading biographies on people that lived well before modern times. One of the things that struck me as particularly interesting was the way writers went about gathering information on their subjects. There were no TV interviews to watch, no documents left behind on the internet, and no living relatives to interview. The best way to learn about the subjects was through the letters they left behind.

Because fame is right around the corner for me and biographies on my life will be in great demand 100 years from now, I thought that leaving behind a trail of letters (digital though they may be) sounded like a great idea. In my opinion, letters are the most illuminating form of communication we have and the idea of experimenting with that was too intriguing to pass over. My younger sister, Lauren, will be participating in an ongoing letter share with me. Where it goes and what we learn about one another I have no idea. Follow along and find out with us.

 

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 Douglas,Throughout this election cycle I think we really got a feel for who people are and where they stand with their beliefs. I’m so proud to be your sister. I’m proud of who you are and all that you stand for. I let Dad read my Facebook posts and he read your blog and he was proud to say that we are his son and daughter. I told him thank you and that him and mom were the greatest examples. And isn’t that the truth? I’m older now so I know that tough financial times were few and far between for mom and dad. We always were involved in everything, we had home cooked meals most nights, and if we wanted something, chances were high we were going to get it. But mom and dad were humble. Dad works like a dog for every dollar he makes. He worries about and truly cares for every one of his patients. Mom had the hardest job of all with raising us 3 kids. We had a beautiful home, good food, and she made time for each of us. She was good at letting the 3 of us have an individual personality but still instilling in us the importance of getting along with one another and being a family.

I have a hard time hearing some people lump liberals into this category of people who are lazy and want everything handed to them. I’m not one of those people. I work every day. Sure, I work for my dad but even at that, I do the best job that I can while I am here. And I’ve never received a government handout and don’t even know how to get one so you can count me out of that too. My perfect America is one where everyone is treated equally. Men, women, black, white, Christian, Atheist, Muslim, gay, straight. If you’re sick and need treatment, you should be able to get it. If you fall in love and want to get married, you should be able to. Not my body, not my decision, but for WHATEVER reason, if a woman wants an abortion, her body, her decision. To me, if you’re following the general guidelines of being a decent human being and not interfering with the lives or others, WHO CARES what you’re doing within the walls of your own home and the walls of your own heart. So if me thinking that everyone deserves a chance at a good life, good work, good healthcare, etc, if that makes me a “liberal” I’ll wear that label proudly.

I just wanted to briefly tell you how proud I am to be related to you and even more than that, proud to be your friend. Mom would proud of us. Stay strong in your convictions.

Xoxo,

Lauren

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