Dear Hangers On

To the people still on my mind:

  1. To the family who doesn’t show:  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see who’s really important to me.  When you failed to come, they didn’t.  And when they are missing and you are there… I fixate on their absence.  You gave me the chance to choose a better family- one who loves me not because there is an antiquated obligation, but because they know me, and genuinely like me.
  2. To the family who do show up:  I love you.  You’ve been there at the greatest and worst moments in my life.  We’ve laughed at funerals, cried on beaches, drank A LOT of tequilla and eaten even more taquitos.  You know me better than anyone, projectile vomiting and all- and I could not have found a better group of people to claim me.
  3. To the boys who didn’t want to date me:  I’m still not a huge fan of you.  But I’m over it.  It’s a lot more fun to hang out with people who like you.
  4. To the boy who poured his heart out and I didn’t sleep with: Life is funny, isn’t it?  I’m sorry we drifted apart… we should still be friends.  But I’m still not going to sleep with you.
  5. To the girl who calls me fat: Go eat a hamburger.  Seriously.  I’d rather carry an extra 5 pounds and be happy eating what I want, than to starve like you.
  6. To the boy who calls me fat: Go f**k yourself.  Did you really just say that to a girl in size 4-6 jeans?
  7. To the IT department at work: Thanks for dealing the the other people, so I don’t have to… I couldn’t describe the power switch as many times a day as you.  But know this: I already tried jiggling the cord and turning it on and off.  Next flow chart step, please.
  8. To the men who banned real sudafed in our state: Ugg… I understand, but I hate you all the same.
  9. To the mentors who set me right:  Thank you.  I’ve never had a hard time having good people around me when I needed them, and I am so greatful you answered my questions, set me straight, and helped me grow.
  10. To my boss: If you understood what I did, you might understand me a little better.  Also, we have the same Google.

XOXO Sarah Mae

PS- Idea blatantly stolen from Thought Catalog’s Maria Aeliya

I’ve committed to writing 30 letters in 30 days, according to the 30 Day Letter Challenge.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.

Dear Could-Be-Me

All the things you are, that I am not:

  1. An honours student
  2. Married
  3. Mother
  4. Perfect Hair
  5. Perfect Manicure (or at least one at all)
  6. Musician
  7. Published Author
  8. 100 % Honest (or at least slower to lie)
  9. Rich
  10. Stylish
  11. Tidy
  12. Focused
  13. Gardener
  14. Doesn’t Eat Fast Food or Junk Food
  15. Camps All the Time
  16. Sleeps Regularly
  17. Eats Regularly
  18. Home Owner
  19. Debt Free
  20. Good penmanship
  21. Better speller
  22. Better Cook
  23. Committed Baker
  24. Room Mother
  25. Party Planner
  26. Dinner Host
  27. Bar Hopper
  28. Opera Lover
  29. Ballet Dancer
  30. Equistarian
  31. Horse Owner
  32. Dog Owner
  33. Dog Walker
  34. Runner
  35. Sports Enthusiast
  36. Cool Restaurant Patron
  37. Home Renovator
  38. Flea Market Aficionado
  39. Expert in Everything
  40. Expert in Anything
  41. Mountain Climber
  42. Kale Smoothie Lover
  43. Birthday Remember
  44. Fairy God Mother
  45. Laundry Magician
  46. Bargain Shopper
  47. Name Remember
  48. Charity Champion
  49. Pretty Panty Wearing
  50. High Falutin’ Woman

But you know what… all those things that I’m not.

Doesnt matter.  Still HAPPY.

XOXO Sarah Mae

I’ve committed to writing 30 letters in 30 days, according to the 30 Day Letter Challenge.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.

Dear Facebook Friends

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They say Facebook is troublesome for this:

We watch one another proclaim the greatness in our lives.  The weddings, babies, promotions, amazing meals and grand celebrations.  It’s easy to become jealous of that- to want just that- the greatness.  The trouble, supposedly, is that the other stuff, the real life heart and gut wrench reality.

Family who can’t attend the wedding.  Babies who never come to exist.  Being passed up for promotion, again.  Eating out of the pot, because you’re too tired to get a plate.  The hunger, brokeness, crying, sleep deprivation.

The truth is, I’m glad I dont see all of that from you.  I’m glad in my mind you are happy, and smiling, and a little photoshopped in all the right places.  I’m glad your laundry isnt piled up like mine, your degrees are completed with honors, your art is selling well, and the band you love is playing in your town.  I like to think of you that way- happy, enthusiastic, encouraged and loving life.

My IRL friends, they know the truth of my life- the disappointments, and annoyances and horrors of chores.  But you and I, we get to live in la-la land together.

And that’s a sort of blessing, isn’t it?

XOXO Sarah Mae

I’ve committed to writing 30 letters in 30 days, according to the 30 Day Letter Challenge.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.

Dear Baby Rosenfeld

For you I pray.  You haven’t appeared in this world yet, though you are dearly missed in our arms.  I can’t imagine what it will be like- to face this much love as you enter this world, but I promise you, we’ll keep it up.  You have been loved for years, though your parents have only been married one.  You are loved, and you are going to be loved, but that does not mean we will make your life easy.  This I can promise you too:

  • You will get a nick name.  You will have no choice in said nick name.  We will call you by it in the most embarrassing public situation possible.  We love you.
  • Stories from your childhood, from before you acquired complex critical thinking skills will be retold.  Often.  To prospective sexual partners. We love you.
  • We will not like your first five boy/girlfriends.  This will have nothing to do with your gender, orientation, or them.  This is to teach you to defend your choices, and to choose better.  We love you.
  • There will be yelling.  At the table.  For no reason.  You will not be allowed to crawl under said table.  You will learn to yell back.  We are loud people.  We love you.
  • Your mother will insist on using a coupon.  She will dump the all contents of her suitcase sized purse onto the table looking for this coupon while the waiter impatiently waits.  This is a family tradition.  We love you.
  • There will be 35 people at your high school graduation.  We will force you to trade favors for tickets.  We will shamelessly bawl the whole time.  We love you.
  • You will mention once a preference for a candy/animal/artist/subject.  We will purchase said item 10,000 times for the collection you never meant to have.  We love you.
  • We will build traditions around you.  Stand in support for the little things.  Celebrate the big things.  Give you your first drink.  Take you camping, to DisneyLand, to summer camp, to Oregon and Washington and London.  We will call to check up on your maths tests, and let your best friend come on family vacation, and dance at midnight before letting you play hooky from school.  You will love us.

And I can’t wait.

XOXO Aunt Sarah Mae

I’ve committed to writing 30 letters in 30 days, according to the 30 Day Letter Challenge.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.

To the Former Girls of Troop 45487


You’ve drifted away into the world without us.  I get it.  I do.  I was young once too.  I understand that your interests changed, you were given the choice between scouts and sports and band and the million other options that young people have today.  For some of you, you didn’t like the expectations placed on you.  You didn’t like the cause and effect of rules and consequences.  Others simply moved away.  Some of you never want to go into the woods or a crafting session or see another cookie again in your lives.

I get it.

But see, scouting to me is more than that stuff.  So here’s some things I hope you learned in your time with Troop 45487.

  • To define your values
  • To represent and defend your values
  • To live by the Girl Scout Law and Promise
  • To leave no trace in the world
  • To leave your mark in the world
  • To compromise
  • To create
  • To celebrate
  • To work hard, and push through the pain
  • To sympathize with those with less than you
  • To empathize with the human condition
  • To serve the world faithfully, regardless of your faith
  • Table manners
  • Knife safety
  • To put up a tent
  • To survive in the rain, snow, and sun without complaint
  • To cook, clean, and care for yourself
  • To make friends
  • To make mentors
  • To be a mentor
  • To do what you love
  • And defend what you do

They say, “Once a Girl Scout, Always A Girl Scout” and I dont know if that’s true… but I promise you, I’ll always be your leader.

XOXO Miss Sarah

I’ve committed to writing 30 letters in 30 days, according to the 30 Day Letter Challenge.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.