A Grandfather’s Last Letter To His Grandkids

Kindness Blog

When James K. Flanagan passed away on September 3, 2012, he left behind something absolutely amazing. Months before, he wrote a wise letter of advice to his five grandchildren, unbeknownst to them. With permission of his daughter, Rachel Creighton, the letter he left behind was posted online. This is that letter.

Even if you didn’t know James, his words are worth reading… they’re life lessons for all of us.

grandpa and granddaughter

Dear Ryan, Conor, Brendan, Charlie, and Mary Catherine,

My wise and thoughtful daughter Rachel urged me to write down some advice for you, the important things that I have learned about life. I am beginning this on 8 April 2012, the eve of my 72nd birthday.

1. Each one of you is a wonderful gift of God both to your family and to all the world. Remember it always, especially when the cold winds of doubt and discouragement fall upon your…

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4 Replies to “A Grandfather’s Last Letter To His Grandkids”

      1. He will appreciate. I found a diary of my Grandmother. She wrote of life events. These words are held precious. The small journal (Only a small notebook) allow us to know we were loved by a great woman.

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      2. You are so right! I don’t think children understand the depth of our love until they are much older…that notebook is certainly precious. I have stories and wonderful memories of my grandmother who raised my sister and me.

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