Write My Legacy

Do you ever wonder what your legacy will be?  Or if you'll even have one?

Do you ever wonder what your legacy will be? Or if you’ll even have one?

I reach for the box of tissues while my eyes remain glued to the computer screen. Air. Nothing but air. I tear my eyes from the screen and notice the pile of soggy tissues reaches to the top of the box. Rats! She’s done it again.

I’m the privileged reader of my daughter’s senior project—a Middle Grade novel—and I can’t read it without weeping. I can’t help but wonder if a typical middle grade student will feel my angst and go through her own box of tissue when she reads my daughter’s words (words so beautiful I think they need to be heard—and that’s not just the mommy in me talking—she’s already a published and listed member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).

I consider my tears, and I realize that it’s not the topic of the story so much as the awe that MY daughter can write—really write, that brings me to tears.

Yes, I’ve read A Purpose Driven Life, but sometimes I wonder what my purpose is (other than the basic ‘love everyone and point them to Jesus’—and that SHOULD be enough, but sometimes I yearn for more because I know I’m not always that obedient to the “love” command).

Maybe, just maybe, my purpose lies in my legacy to my daughters. In the hope that all the writing that they’ve seen me do will inspire them to write and draw and sing and share their words and thoughts with their generation in a way that shows how much God loves them and yearns for fellowship with the children he created.

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • I love it when our kids do something that moves us to tears. I hope that your daughter shares her writing with others and that the response is as powerful. What a blessing that she has such a mom, one who appreciates her talents. 🙂
    As far as having a purpose. When your daughters writing moves you to tears I take it as a good sign that you are indeed fulfilling at least some of your purpose. It’s ok to desire to do more, to strive for that even, but make sure that you re giving yourself the proper credit for the things you are already doing as an encourager to your own children to find their purpose and follow Him as well. That is a hard one. I know.
    Blessings to you and your family. A visit from fmf.

    • Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! My other daughter’s voice moves me to tears–I am humbled and inspired by who they are becoming.

  • Casey

    I’m an English/history education person too! I developed my writing love in my 20’s but my 11 year old girl is a crazy good writer! So It blesses me to hear you enjoying your duaghter’s writing. Hoping I will get to enjoy that same blessing!

    • It’s nice to meet another teachery-type :). I love writing as well (I just hate rejection slips), and I’m going to be brave this year and revive some old manuscripts. What do you like to write?

  • What a blessing! Hope daughter shares her words with the world.

  • The music lessons for my boys didn’t stick – and they’re not interested in medicine – but they are interested in business – and some like reading – and can write a good line when they want – which are areas my husband and I work in. I do believe what we spend our time doing drips downward into who they are – and so many times they are so much more gifted because they have been so immersed in it. What a wonderful moment for your mama’s heart – to see what you have grown in her! Congratulations!

    • Thank you of your kind words :). I love watching our kids grow up–they amaze me on a daily basis. They will probably be glad you had them take music lessons one of these days–if only when they have children of their own and have to supervise practice time ;).Thanks for stopping by!

  • Laura Melchor

    Your love of reading and writing directly inspired me to do the same! If I had not had the childhood I did, full of reading and engaging so fully in characters’ lives and emotions and being compelled to write ‘books’ like those I was reading, I would not have been able to be a writer. 🙂 As I come to the end of my undergraduate career, I realize how glad I am that I followed your path in choosing English as my course of study instead of anything in the medical field (even though you did English in grad school, not undergrad).

    • 🙂 I love you!

      • Laura Melchor

        I love you, too! 😀

  • Laura Melchor

    Oh–and ‘critiquing’ the manuscript YOU wrote for your thesis when I was a young girl also greatly inspired me! I loved that book, and I hope to see it resurface someday… 😉

    • I promise…it will resurface.

      • Laura Melchor

        Good!! I can’t wait to read it again!

  • How wonderful that you and your daughter share a love of writing. That is a fabulous legacy you have given her! Enjoyed your post!

    • Thank you, Holly :). It’s nice to ‘see’ you again–I’ve ‘met’ you at the FMFParty and now it looks like we’re in the same (in)courage group–Yay! Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

  • This is beautiful. As our children grow up, they take parts and bits of us (our legacy). Not only that, but they also have God given gifts that will amaze us for years to come. What a blessing for you to experience both. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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    • Thank you for your kind words, Jesenia :). I love watching our girls grow up, that’s for sure! I love it even more when they start using their talents that God has given them.