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Writing 101: Day 9, Reinvent the Letter Format
Today, write your post as a letter. Approach it in any way you’d like.
Some might say a post in the form of a letter is trite and overdone, but when done well, a public a public open letter can tell a great story or get your message across..


A letter to my stepfather Jack, thanking him for the legacy he left me when he died without knowing anything about it.

 Dear Jack,
I write this public letter to you as a sincere thank-you for the joy you left behind, when you sowed the seeds of an interest in gardening, just before you passed away.
For years I worked in an office and lived in a flat in town, then when you became poorly, I began to help you with your garden and your allotment. The more I helped and took an interest in gardening, the closer we became and albeit we were stepfather and son, we soon became very good gardening friends. I developed a very deep love of gardening that has permeated my very being.
You have been gone for about twenty-five years now and I am still happily gardening. I have my garden at home that is adorned with colourful flowers and shrubs around the lawn, with many special pots of plants, fruit and tomatoes. This garden is devoted to Margaret, my wife, whom you never had the pleasure of meeting;
Another pride and joy is my allotment, I get a great deal of pleasure out of this. I still get up very early in the morning and most days I manage to spend a couple of hours of gardening there.
There are so many benefits to be gained from this, surrounded by the peace and the wildlife and nurturing my produce. The fresh air and exercise is good for me, and I get to meet some very friendly fellow gardeners who sometimes help with advice and spare plants.
Above all, I am privileged to have the satisfaction of sowing the seeds and taking care of the growing plants, sometimes against all odds of attacks by pests and plant disease.
I enjoy the taste of the fresh organic food I bring home for Margaret to turn into delicious healthy meals, she has a passion for creative cooking. I count this as another benefit from your legacy, by sowing the seeds of a love of gardening and growing our own food.
Little did you know the the value of those few short months we spent together! You, happily directing and fostering my interest in a passion that has grown into a way of life for me.
Or perhaps you guessed and knew what you were doing.

Thank you so much my gardening friend I remember you every day whenever I am in the garden.

Yours in grateful memorial,

Copyright (c) Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.

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  1. A wonderful and telling letter of gratitude for a gift that just keeps on giving! How lucky you are to have received such a legacy and been smart and judicious enough to use it so wisely. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

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  2. Thanks once again Demme ~ I am so pleased you found the time to read and respond to this post. ~ I am always happy to hear from you my friend! ~ i know from reading your writing, that all things natural and beautiful are close to your heart. ~ I look forward to reading your always very interesting blog post this week. 🙂


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