Sunday, 9 January 2011

Letter To Me

This LO was made at Scrap Club yesterday using a kit  and sketch provided by Christina. All the kits were different so we all had very different LOs by the end of the session. We also had to use stitching and make some flower embellies using stamps and patterned paper. The other 2 flowers are by Bo Bunny and Prima.

The LO is for a challenge on WeScrap where we were asked to write a letter to our younger self, with the benefit of hindsight. My letter is on a tag,hidden behind the photo.
Here is the text:

Dear Me,
Here you are in 1965 on holiday in Blackpool. You have just left Primary School and are about to start Secondary School. You will do well at Secondary School and will achieve the dream of being the first person in the family to go to University. You will not study your first love,History, as planned, but will choose French instead. You start travelling in 1969 and fall in love with France. French Literature and being paid to spend a year in France will change your long term plans.

You will continue to travel, in Europe and California, but always during school holidays as you follow Dad into teaching.

You will wait a long time to meet your future husband (you get married the day before your 28th birthday) and  even longer to have your only child (age 35).You will move away from your family which will cause some heartache, especially when Mum dies, before her time, at the age of 71.

You will have problems and regrets but know that your husband and son support you through difficult times.

As I write you are still not reconciled to losing Dad but at least you were with him at the end, holding his hand.

This has been a difficult letter to write as the only changes I would make, with hindsight, would lead to you not meeting your husband and all that follows.


Virginia said...

Ah sweetie, I sooo know how you feel when you wrote this. I started a challenge last year and had a similar post to write about changing something in the past, it ended up too difficult a journey to do and as a result I stopped with the challenge, it did however allow me to think about how the sequence of events of my life have brought me to where I am now and whilst I would dearly love to change some of the things that occurred it would mean that my life wouldn't resemble what it does. Being happily married with an 11 year old makes my life happy, so despite how difficult things in my life have been the path I have travelled has led me to where i am now! Take each day a step at a time and know that we all think about you as you come to terms with your recent loss.



Joanna said...

Sweet LO, Susie and a very moving letter to yourself. Who knows how life would turn out if different choices were made - maybe you would have met your lovely OH anyway. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but your life experiences have made you the person you are today.


craftattack said...

A beautiful LO and a very moving letter! Have a good week! Hugs, Valerie

{Sarah} said...

Wow Sue! This is awesome!

tea_bag said...

Sue thanks for sharing this with us a beautiful LO I often imagine how my life might have turned out if I had not made the choices I did but all the choices you have made have made you such a wonderful person who I am pleased to call my friend hugs alma x

SusieJ said...

Thanks girls for your lovely comments. I'm proud to call you my friends too.
Sue xx

Diane said...

Hiya Sue,

Yesterday was fun wasn`t it !! As I said to you yesterday, your LO is fab and love the colours !!

hugs Diane xx

Beebeebabs said...

Love your layout SusieJ you did a great job thanks for sharing!!!

Carole said...

Sue, this is such a beautiful layout, and I felt really quite emotional reading your letter. I think it is probably just as well that we never know the consequences of the life choices we have made.

Hugs - Carole xxx

p.s. I seem to remember a photo of me as a little girl holding a monkey (and I look terrified, not sure about the monkey!)

Rumtruffle said...

Wow this is a beautiful layout, I love the colours and I am a big fan of sewing on layouts too, have you tried using a sewing machiine on a layout? (a bit ricky a first but great results)
Thanks for popping by my blog, I am so pleased you are going to enter my tag challenge, if you make your tag as if it were a topper you can then attach it to a card after you've taken a photo and it wont be wasted.
I look forward to seeing your entry soon.
Helen x

Hi I'm Maria... said...

lovely LO sue and a moving letter, it was wrote from the heart, thank you for sharing, hugs...xx

maria xx

Clarky J said...

Wow Susuie this is stunning! love the LO, the colours and your moving letter wow! I may have to try this one myself. Thanks for the blog award i have finally got round to posting - been a tad deep but I am feeling deep today. Huge hugs cyber buddy x janet

Sue Sykes said...

Love your letter - so moving! TFS and thanks for participating in the challenge!