“Make sure you give them the roses while they can still smell them.” That is a seemingly recurring bit of wisdom circulating our society today. “A Love Letter,” is based on a letter written to the author’s children. He highlights values that he wants to share now; not when he’s on his death bed. As he considered what he was sharing, he realized that these values could serve as guideposts to not only his children, but youth everywhere. Specifically, youth who may not have had the opportunity to experience the love of a parent, guardian, or mentor. More expansively, “A Love Letter” can be used as a complement to the value teachings of parents, guardians, mentors, therapists, social workers and those charged with the care and oversight of their youth.
The Guideposts identified in, “A Love Letter,” drives the reader to look internally for and establish intrinsically, the values which are often complained about as missing in “these kids these days.” All the pieces and tools are their within them; they just haven’t been adequately nurtured on how to maximize their utility. Though not every lesson on life can be captured in this short writing, a sound foundation is certainly attainable. As these youth mature, they will have a quick reference to help them in establishing their own Legacies of Success and Excellence.