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I am a full-time mama with a passion for writing and talking to fascinating people. I live in a one horse town with a Cowboy and my son. Thank Lord for cyberspace! I lived a colourful life in Sydney for a number of years. Working in advertising and journalism for FPC and the Sydney Morning Herald. During my time in Sydney I competed in a Dragon Boat race, choreographed a dragshow, used the Share Accomodation advertisements as a way to meet men and was told by Noiseworks frontrunner Jon Stevens that I was a bitch! Then came the decision to move back to country for 3 months to help out my Father with newspaper business while he was having treatment. Convinced I was a city girl I was caught by surprise when I fell in love with a farmer (and no, he didn't want a wife... still doesn't it seems!) convinced him that we needed to see the world, popped off to Vietnam to teach english in Saigon - before realising that the "food" in Nam didn't agree with me... turned out to be Monte - my son who is now with the Cowboy and I back in country NSW! I am in a wonderful stage of my life where I am focusing on the things that really make me tick. Including writing these chronicles.

Friday, November 6, 2009

No, no you can read it when I'm 55

The One Horse town is about to celebrate its 150th birthday. Events lined up ahoy.

One of the special things that is happening is the loading of a time capsule that will be opened in 25 years.

Cowboy and I are writing a letter to Monte.

I was going to post it on here but thought, no - that is just crossing the line.

It is for Monte's eyes, and Monte's 25 year old eyes only.

It was a little trippy writing it.

It made me start thinking about scary things like 'what if I am not around anymore when he reads this?"

Then I factored this in to what I wrote and soon I was thinking about my own mortality - which no-one likes to do.

It also made me ponder possibility that Cowboy and I might not be together then.

I know - not a possibility. I feel sick writing those words.

But this exercise certainly raises a few of those possibilities that we don't like to entertain.

I tried to cover these things off by letting him know how much I love life and how much I love his Dad just in case one or both are not around in 25 years.

It is strange to write a letter to someone who although I know and love dearly - I have not engaged in conversation with yet.

At 10 months of age I don't know much about who Monte is - aside an adorably cheeky little chook who inspires me to do crazy dance moves and sing all day.

It was a little hard to drop that present reality and write to him woman to man.

haha - that feels funny to write.

Monte - a man???

Imagining your 10 month old baby boy grown up is bizarre

So I wrote to him about what I hope for him in his life and what I love about him now.

I wrote about how he had changed my life for the better and helped me to find myself.

Actually maybe I should include my Lost and Found poem. What do you think?

I hope he gets it in 25 years and that we'll all be around to laugh about it and reminisce the last 25 years. Laugh at what I wrote today and how daggy it might sound in 25 years time.
I hope the 25 years between now and then will be filled with so much to laugh about, smile about and love about.

I know they will be.

Who would you write to if you had the chance?
What would you include in a time capsule to be opened in 25 years time?
What sort of things would it make you consider?


  1. What a wonderful thing to do! (and yes, I imagine it would be very trippy).

    I thought about what you asked and you know, I think I would like to write a letter to me as an old woman. So a letter from me now to me as a (eep!) almost on 60 year old woman.

    I would try and write to her to remind her of who she was and what she valued...just in case she's forgotten. :)

    Oh and as for things I'd put in the time capsule! oh that's hard! I'll have to think about that one some more!

  2. Oh, lovely idea - though that would trip me out too!

    Mind you, I did get a flash forward of my daughter at 16 the other day, when she slung her long legs over the arm of the couch and rolled her eyes at me - and she 2!!!!

  3. What a great opportunity you have Sharni! I have no idea what I would write. I have a nearly 20 year old son and we talk about all kinds of things like the skanky hos on the music channel, about gambling, friends, choices in life, movies we both like, cooking, abd all kinds of stuff. I show him your blog posts and tell him what I love about your posts. I even consulted him about what my first Tweet should be ( goodnight everyone! haha!). I never tell him these days about what a gorgeous boy he was when he was 10 months old, and all the little things I loved about him at that age. But I think I will do that after reading your post. Here he comes now!

  4. It occurred to me to write a letter to my daughter back when she was a newborn baby. But I never did it. And I pretty sure if I did do it, I'd've misplaced it or forgotten about it.

    It sounds like a great writing exercise, regardless of whether you have a child.

    Oh, I remember I addressed a couple of journal entries to my future self!

  5. What a lovely idea!

    One of the things on my 101/1001 list is to write a letter to myself in the future, but I haven't done it yet.

    When I was a baby my Mum kept a journal for me. Her plan was to write in it during my whole life and give it to me as a 21st birthday present. She wrote in it a lot at the start, and then not so much, and then about once a year until I was 6 or so and it's blank from there, but I still really enjoy reading every now and again.


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