A Grandfather’s Last Letter To His Grandkids


This blog nearly brought me to tears, it is wonderful. Judge for yourself.

he cant shoot for nuts!!

James K. Flanagan: A Grandfather's Last Letter To His Grandkids

On Sept. 3, 2012, James K. Flanagan of West Long Branch, N.J., died unexpectedly of a heart attack. He wrote this letter to his five grandchildren just months earlier and it is reprinted here with the permission of his daughter Rachel Creighton.

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 life.

2. Be not afraid . . . of anyone or of anything when it comes to living your life most fully. Pursue your hopes and your…

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  1. I had tears in my eyes all the way through – it’s just a shame that a lot of people today don’t listen to people of this age – they have a lot of wisdom to impart but today’s kids and grandkids don’t care and don’t want to listen.

    • It is beautiful isn’t it? Yes shame but there are some at least I think who appreciate it. We all grow up / older and become wiser the older we get. 🙂 I will show it to my kids. 🙂

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