I Would Not Like to Grow Old without Knowing My Children

Here’s a two page letter from 17 February 1979 that Patrick sent to Gretchen, myself, and another sister, in which he describes the work that he and Stephanie have been putting into their house, and the music, and the writing. He also adds observations about each of us and how he longs for us to visit.

The letter concludes with a powerful final paragraph, including “Never mind that I have never done my duty as a father; I have done what I have done, and I am no longer the same person I was.” (Yes, even in 1979 he used the phrase “never mind.”)

[Clicking on the images below will show them in full size, which should be easier to read.]


Birthday Letter to Kids – Page 1
Birthday Letter to Kids – Page 2