For my blog’s first guest post, I asked my 11 year-old daughter for permission to share a letter she wrote. As part of state testing preparation, her school assignment was to write a letter thanking a person for “helping you learn new skills.” Here it is and I think Michael Pollan would approve:
You have been a person to look up to all my life. I realized this after reading A Visit With Grandpa. In the book the boy learns a new skill from his grandpa. I learned a new skill from you as well: cooking. Cooking will help me right now, me in the future and my future generations.
Cooking really helps me now. I used to be a picky eater, not appreciating food. But that has changed. Now that I help in the cooking of the food, I can feel a lot better that I was the one who prepared the food. I eat more of it and I am more polite at dinnertime. Thanks for teaching me how to cook!
Cooking not only helps me now, but it will also help me in the future. How? For one, I would save money by avoiding restaurants. I also will be more healthy because I would not have to go to junky restaurants. You always fight for a healthy lifestyle and cooking is the answer. The future is under my control. Thanks for teaching me how to cook!
Cooking will help my future generations as well. If I teach my children how to cook and they teach theirs, who in turn teach theirs, we will have a family of healthy eaters. But it all happened because of you. You have helped all of us. I really am thankful for that. Thanks for teaching me how to cook!
I hope you realize the mark you made on all of us. You helped me and others to come. I also hope this letter showed my thanks for your guidance. You have been a light in my future and I appreciate that. Thanks for the hard work you put into my cooking education. All of us thank you.
Your Loving Daughter,