Spring cleaning.

Just before I moved to New York in 2006 — at least a lifetime and a half ago — my mom slipped a big, dark-blue envelope into my carry-on.

I found it after I got to the airport. It was heavy and thick, filled with huge prints of her and my stepdad, my sister’s senior pictures and some photos of us as a family. And a note.

Paige —

Do these things for me:

  • Always remember you are loved
  • Always remember where home is
  • Always remember you can come home anytime — no questions
  • You can call any time, day or night
  • Always remember we are all proud of you

I miss you terribly and adore you beyond your wildest imagination. Enjoy this adventure — don’t forget home and us.


I never have. Not for a single second.


I’m doing some spring cleaning today: not just shuffling things around but actually throwing them out. I found her envelope today in a box of things I plan to throw out. Five and a half years after she wrote it, I smile to think that I don’t need that note to know what it says is true.


7 Responses to “Spring cleaning.”

  1. Nik Says:


  2. Coachalpo Says:

    ” I found her envelope today in a box of things I plan to throw out because.”

    Dear “Writer, Editor, Girl Friday,” the above is not a complete sentence.  Oh, the irony.  You’re welcome.

  3. Brian W Perry Says:

    I can tell already that I need to give your mom my address so she can send sweet stuff my way. All envelopes welcomed for my flights.

  4. Helena Butters Says:

    That is so sweet!

  5. amy Says:

    Did you throw it out? Because I say keep it. Keep anything and everything. I carry a stack of cards and notes my mom wrote me rubberbanded in my purse. But, maybe that’s just a trait of someone that lost their mom…but keep it. 

  6. Mark H. Anbinder Says:

    I love your mommy!

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