From: Mary Wade (
Sat Mar 17 17:13:02 2001

Jo--What a wonderful idea! We all want to stay engaged in the lives of our loved ones. Thanks for sharing an idea on how to do this. Mary

At Sat, 17 Mar 2001, Jo Eslick wrote: >
>Hi Jackie,
>I am sorry that you missed celebrating your sons birthday, I too had to stay
>home while everyone else attended a family celebration. It is a horrible
>Jackie, I have found writing very theraputic, it is a great way to let out
>your feelings, sometimes the right place to do it is here. Sometimes some
>of the feelings we express here, should also be heard by our families. I
>have 3 teenage daughters, I have given each of them a beautifully bound
>journal (an excersis book with a cute covering would be fine). In that
>journal I encourage my daughters to write down messages to themselves and
>other members of the family.
>When there is an entry addressed to a member of the household, the journal
>is left on that persons bed. When the recipient has read the entry, they
>respond. Ithas been a wonderful experience in our house. Teenagers are
>very emotional and scream, yell, loose their temper (just like there parents
>*grin*) this is a way for them to apologise in their own time, or just
>express love, dissapointment or what ever. Sometimes we write down special
>memories, things we have done that bring a smile to our faces. I know that
>some boys and even some girls might not like this idea, but it doesn't hurt
>to try.
>Jackie, why don't you make a journal for yourself, and write about your
>feelings, how proud you are of your much you love & appreciate
>your husband, sorry that you missed the celebration, the joy of seeing him
>do well at school.....whatever it is that makes you ptoud & love your
>When you are ready, you could leave the journal on someones bed for them to
>Just a thought Jackie, I hope it helps. You are in my thoughts and prayers,
>don't give up.
>Love, hugs & cheers,
>Jo (Wally)

Mary Wade

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