Today my mom wanted me to start "earthquake" proofing our house. I went through some boxes, and found an old journal. I decided to take some time and read through the nonsense I wrote as a middle/high school student. I found a letter addressed to my "future rugrats".
"Dear Future Rugrats,
Hello my sweet things. You may not know why you're reading a letter addressed to you, but written so many years before, but I just wanted to let you know that I love you, and I always have loved you, even before you were you. I am writing this to you as your 17 year old mom. Today we had an assignment to write a letter to our future selves. Most people decided to write to themselves, but I thought I'd be different and write to my future children. I believe that you guys will be a part of me, so it's the same concept. I just want you to know what I'm doing now. I'm attending high school here in Japan. Your grandmother is stationed her for work with the US Army, and we needed a change of scenery from Germany. It's very different here. I hope one day I'll be able to bring you back here if we aren't here already, so I can show you all of the fun things there are to do! I bet it'd be so much fun to grow up in Japan as a kid. I'll make sure that who ever your lucky daddy is will take us here for vacation, or maybe we're lucky enough to have an Army daddy, right? (So how'd I do? Go hug your daddy for me and tell him that I love him just as much as I did when we first met.) Oh this is exciting.
I am 17 years old, and I have no idea what I want to be. I wanted to join the Air Force, but I quickly backed out of that. I wonder what I'll be doing when you read this. Maybe I'll be in the Air Force, maybe I'll be a chef, maybe I'll be a doctor! There's so many things I want to be, but I have no idea where to start. Just know that whatever I'm doing now (at the time that you're reading this), I'm doing it for you! Hopefully I'm doing good so that our family is doing good.
I have classes, but there aren't too many that I'm worried about. Your momma here is a genius! I'm just taking a few extra curricular classes like PE and drama (no wonder mommy is a drama queen!), and then Anatomy and Physiology at a college level class! Maybe I will be a doctor. Who knows. I'm actually writing this for drama, because we have to try and get into a character that is into time travel. Strange isn't it? Maybe I'll save this letter, maybe I won't.
My sweet babies, mommy loves you so much. If this letter ever gets to you, just know that I have always wanted to be the best mommy I could be, and that when the day finally comes that I meet you, it'll be the happiest day of my life. Now come give me hugs and sugar! xoxo"
There was more, but I decided not to include it because it dealt with things that are no longer a part of my life now. I like how I see that I've progressed in my plans of becoming a part of the US Army, and how I've gone into Nursing. I also like to see that my future kids will have a chance to see Japan. Interesting! Maybe I'll write one on my 23rd birthday to see how much more I progress.