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An Open Ended Letter To The Future Me, Myself & I

Dear Us,

Well, Me, Myself and I, it looks like we made it, huh?  That is if we are reading this, I mean.  Life certainly has not been with lack of adventure.  What an adventure we have had so far!  Thought I would write us an Open Ended Letter to recap our life.  Being Open Ended, we can write back at anytime.

Truth be told, it has always been smooth sailing either.  As much as life really has been good to us, there were times, it sure wasn’t easy.  Remember those rough times we just weren’t sure there really was a light at the end of the tunnel

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Oh boy, those were the times we found ourselves questioning if God had us confused with someone else.  We grew up believing he only gives us as much as we can handle.  During those troubled times we were sure he had us mixed up with a person much stronger than us.

Then when we began to see that flicker of light at the end, we realized he knew us better than we did.  I am so glad we change the way we viewed our past.  The day we grasped the concept, “You can’t change past, you can, however, change the way you view the past.”  When we heard that analogy, it was like an instant light bulb was turned on inside of us.

I am almost certain that mindset change event happens to everyone

Actually, if others would take a minute and think about it, they would probably admit that change happens a few times during the different stages of life.  We are pretty special, but we aren’t that unique.

We remember, around the age of about 30, priorities naturally seem to shift a bit.  Of course, when we were around age 30, we didn’t have time to think about anything changing other than diapers!

The three boys had all been born by then.  I’d say we are the type of person, when we set our mind to doing something, we don’t let much grass grow under our feet.  How, or some might wonder why we had 3 babies in 4 short years?

We definitely kept busy with those three little guys.  Some days we barely sat down from early morning until they were all tucked in for the night.  As they grew older and became more and more self sufficient, a person would think our days might ease up a bit.

We all remember, there was Room Mom, Chairing various school events, being on the PTSA Board of Directors serving as Membership Chairman, Vice President and even President.

Not for just a few years either.  We ran that routine from the time the first one entered Kindergarten until the last little guy entered high school.  Were we crazy?

No, no, we weren’t.  We all know those are days we cherish and would not trade for anything.  Some days we didn’t feel like it and some years had to go by before we got it through our thick head, we were a darn good Mom!

Motherhood is the life achievement we are most proud of in life.  And as we sit here and read this letter, I guarantee that has not changed.

Now, since we are proud of those now amazing young men, let’s brag a minute.

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We did good, ladies!

Those three boys are handsome!

They all three have a good head on their shoulders as well.  The morals we tried so hard to instill in our family life, sunk in I think.  Three of the most respectful boys around (well, yes we are a little bias).  But, they are and their family values are extremely commendable.

Now let’s talk GRANDCHILDREN!

Keep in mind as this letter is being written, we are in no rush.  Not that there is anything wrong with being called Grandma.  At this stage in our life right now, we are still feeling kind of young.  I do believe, ladies, we just keep on keeping on until someone finally tells us it’s time to act our age.

I’m thinking the day that happens, we’ll pretend we didn’t hear them and continue enjoying life as we are.  Anyway, back to being called Grandma, we need those boys to give us a little more time to come up with something a little more youthful sounding, don’t we think?

Sure do hope we have a Granddaughter…..or two by now!

OUR GRANDDAUGHTER MAY LOOK LIKE THIS! Image by Teresa Branam Wilgus, Collectivevoicemag.com

We are going to LOVE spoiling those grandchildren!

Probably should not elaborate anymore on the grandchildren topic. be If somehow this letter goes viral before we read it, don’t want our sweet boys to think we are rushing things.

Hopefully, by now we have checked a few entries off our Bucket List.

I’m not sure where to start here.

I suppose with the entry ranking #1 would be a good start.  Yep, Midwestgirlsdreams.com becoming successful.  It sure has been a “long haul” hasn’t it?

We won’t review the details of how we got into the writing profession.  I say “profession” because hopefully, by now our writing/blogging is also our career.  But, can you believe we did it?  Looking back now, we did not enter into the Wonderful World Of Blogging with much caution.

No, girls, we just jumped in with both feet.  Ha, we didn’t even know what Blogging was!

We decided to just throw our hat in the ring and express interest as a staff writer for an online magazine.  That kind of action may not be unusual for some, but for us, not so much.

Let’s take a moment and pat ourselves on the back for that insane action!

By now, we should have checked off a few more goals as well.  Think way back, I mean way, way back.  When we were a little girl, what was our dream?  That’s right,  to write a book.

When we got into blogging, that dream, became more than just A Book.  The opportunities for publications, are endless!

Hopefully, the idea of starting with a children’s eBook has panned out and we published something children could relate too.  The idea at present time, is to produce a children’s book based on real life events.  We write best that way.  It’s not like we don’t have 3 sons who have provided us with a lot of material to work with.

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Then, of course, we must “Pay It Forward”!

How can we not?  We certainly were a beginner blogger at one point in our lives.  Besides that, we always have gotten a little thrill when we know we have helped someone.  That’s the reason we created, “Creative Writing Resources”, our Freelance/Content writing service.  With the goal to write helper resources for beginning bloggers.

The world really is our oyster and by now, if we remembered to be patient, we have opened a few.

Well, I hope this letter finds us all doing well.

Time for me to close now.  We always have gotten a little “wordy” when it comes to elaborating on our passions.  Yes, that would be our AMAZING, HANDSOME, RESPECTFUL children and our writing.

I want to leave us with one thought to remember.  We (me, myself and I) need to continue to stick together when life gets a little tough.  Remember to continue focusing on our core self.  If we have accomplished that, working on bettering ourselves and believing in ourselves, everything else in life will fall into place.

Besides, if we are lucky, we’ve got a grandchild or two visiting today.  Must go get the spoiling tools ready for them.

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Isn’t it amazing how many times we are told how much we look like our Mother?  Always have, but it really took until our late 40’s to notice it ourselves.  We should take that as a compliment! She was a good and beautiful woman.

We are just like her, spoiling the grandchildren and great grandchildren is what she loved best!  So, since our little grand babies aren’t lucky enough to have known her, TODAY we shall spoil in honor of  “Meemaw Pat”

Let’s do it right today and make our Momma proud.

Until Next Time,


Note:  This writing was created by our Weekly Writer’s Challenge.  Prompt:  Write a letter to your future self.


About the author

Teresa Branam Wilgus

In her spare time she likes to get outside and take advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest summers and experiencing new adventures with her boyfriend of 5 1/2 years. She is an admitted football fanatic and loves the excitement of participating in Fantasy Football with her sons, boyfriend, family and friends from the Pacific Northwest, Florida and Indiana! The only work she have had published, is a poem published in Creativity Magazine when she was in the 8th grade. She has always enjoyed writing, however it wasn’t until encouraged by a professor and a few friends that she realized writing just might be the “Gift” God gave her. Teresa is preparing her Freelance/Content Writing Services for Launch in February 2017. Services are available for businesses and corporations of all sizes and also to those Bloggers wanting to enhance their own content for readers. Her ultimate goal is to have a book published based on personal experiences in her own life and hopes it is not only entertaining and engaging, but might also help some reader, somewhere, somehow.

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