Letters to My Daughter

Letters to My Daughter

From Fictional Characters

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Ender Wiggin

Ender’s Game

Dear Eliana,

I hear you might be a little bit on the small side. You gave your mom quite a scare when the doctors measured you and thought you might have to arrive early. But now you’re measuring in the 18th percentile– healthy, just tiny.

Well, I know a thing or two about being small.

First off, people will underestimate you. Almost every time. So, surprise them. Some of the most important decisions ever made were made by people who go unnoticed. You just don’t hear about them as often. Skillful leadership has nothing to do with stature. When I got put on Bonzo’s squad, I found that leadership is better accomplished using quiet, but firm methods rather than with a lot of bluster and posturing.

Battle School taught me a lot and one of the most crucial lessons was to ask questions. Ask them when no one else will. And don’t be afraid of who you’re asking. Question the people in power, who have control, who outrank you. In fact, they might be the most important people to question of all.

Even more important was what I learned about empathy. I don’t think we can ever measure the full value that another person’s (alien or otherwise) perspective can bring to our understanding. “Those people” is a dangerous phrase. Everyone has a certain degree of light and dark. They say I’m the best balance between my compassionate sister Valentine and my violent brother Peter. But I know it all comes down to who I choose to be. I alone am responsible for my actions.

Yeah, you might be small, but I can already tell you’re tough. I think you’d make an excellent cadet.

Best of luck,

Ender

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Letters to My Daughter

Letters to My Daughter

From Fictional Characters

New to this series? Check out my first post here.

Scout Finch

To Kill a Mockingbird

Hey Eliana. Scout here.

I hope you’re soaking up everything right now because growin’ up can be hard. It’ll happen to you eventually, whether you believe me or not. One night you’ll be catching fireflies in the summer heat and the next, wham! You’ll be hit hard over the head with the world the grownups have so successfully up ‘til now, kept you oblivious to.

And it’s not always nice, this new world, let alone fair. I think it’s best to let you know this now and not sugarcoat nothin’. The truth is always better in my books than a nice lie tied up with a bow. Sometimes, even when you do the right things, even when you follow the rules, even when you listen to the people in charge like they tell you, things can turn out wrong. That’s just how it is. But that doesn’t mean you should stop tryin’ to make it right. Actually, the worst thing you could do is give up just because something wasn’t fair.

And don’t think you’ll always have everyone on your side either. My daddy had the whole town just about against him at one point. But he kept fightin’. The people that really matter will have your back anyway, so don’t worry about the rest.

One more thing. You know that kid no one likes to sit next to? Or that neighbor that seems kinda weird? Have nothin’ but kindness for them. Don’t let folks have nothin’ but good to say about the way you treated them. Try and get to know them. There’s a lot more under the surface than you could ever know.

Well, I think that about covers it. Maybe don’t wear any big bulky costumes while walking home in the dark.

 

Love,

Scout Finch

 

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Letters to My Daughter

Some of you may know that I’m about to embark on the biggest adventure of my life thus far: becoming “Mom” to a little girl due on the first of April. I’ve never been a mom to anyone other than my two cats, so needless to say there is a LOT going through my mind these days.

As I started to build one of the most important aspects of the nursery, Eliana’s own little bookcase, I began thinking about all the lessons I’ve learned from fictional characters growing up, how much they’ve molded me and shaped my world view. I began wondering what lessons my own daughter might glean from some of my favorites.

That’s when a writing friend and critique partner had a brilliant idea- what if I wrote letters to my daughter while she was still young (or in this case, still in utero!) from the voice of some of my most beloved characters. I instantly took to this idea and all those fictional characters of my childhood began clamoring for my attention at once. Now I plan to make this an ongoing series here on the blog!

Letters to My Daughter

From Fictional Characters

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Hermione Granger

Harry Potter

Dear Eliana,

I hope this letter finds you well. I hear your mum is going to let you open it on your eleventh birthday, right after your acceptance letter from Hogwarts arrives. Though the list of required school books that will accompany your acceptance letter is a great place to start, I’ve attached my own list of recommended titles that should really round out your reading list.

I know what you must be worried about: the Sorting. It’s what every first year worries about but I promise it won’t be as bad as you think. I might be a proud Gryffindor, your mum, a Ravenclaw, but know that however you’re sorted, you have permission to strike out on your own brave path, finding that mix of qualities which make you who you are.

You might have thought I would give you advice about good study habits or the best quill to use for tests (eagle, for the record), but remember: books! Cleverness! There are more important things– friendship and bravery. Choose the people you surround yourself with wisely– friends who will remind you where the trick steps are and will distract Ms. Norris when you’re caught out of bed. Chances are you’re going to get into quite a few scrapes with them in the future and you don’t want to be stuck with the ones who trick you into eating the bogey flavored Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans.

As for bravery, stand up for your beliefs even when no one else will stand with you. Whether for the mistreatment of house elves (I’ll send you a S.P.E.W. button by owl!) or regulations for the thickness of cauldron bottoms, don’t give up! Your bravery will soon attract others.

I do hope you will find my advice to be helpful in the coming years. Good luck in all your endeavors and remember: when in doubt, go to the library!

Yours truly,

Hermione Granger