Signing off, for now

Bob Brody photo at Podell bar mitzvah
Dear all,

Yes, that’s me on the right in the photo up there. But perhaps more importantly, I’ve decided to take my blog on hiatus, starting today. My main reason is simple: I have other stuff to do that takes priority.

This blog has turned out to be a singular adventure, and I’ve loved doing it. It gave me the opportunity to advocate for a cause close to my heart: preserving personal family history in writing for future generations. In the process, letterstomykids.org has brought parents and children a little closer together, one letter at a time. My blog, 500 posts later, has given voice to stories from loving mothers and fathers all across the country. Little did I ever realize three years ago how much this commitment would come to feel like a privilege and an honor.

Maybe someday I’ll bring my blog back. Even after so many words posted – easily 150,000, possibly 200,000, only about half mine, the other half from guests — I just might. If I do, it would probably be on New Year’s Day, 2014, or next Father’s Day. Then again, my hiatus may be permanent. It’s hard to predict, and I see no sense even trying.

Whatever the case, nothing I have to say right now about this decision is more important to me than thank you. I’m grateful to everyone who got behind letterstomykids.org – all the guest columnists, my board of advisors, all the media who took an interest, my family and friends and colleagues. Cheerleaders make a big difference.

Special thanks go to Pam Jenkins, who encouraged me to start this blog in the first place, back on Father’s Day three years ago. And to Snow Hudgins, who helped me set up the site. And to Frank Cavallaro, who posted far and away more comments than anyone else. And to my wife, Elvira, who gave me the all-important green light to proceed with this most personal of campaigns. And above all to my kids, Michael and Caroline, who fueled me with the inspiration for the overall concept.

For now, though, if you get a chance, maybe you’ll all do me one small favor. Keep spreading the word. Take the opportunity to let parents out there know why putting our personal family histories into words for our children matters so much – matters, ironically, even more than we can put into words.

Cheers,
Bob

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2 thoughts on “Signing off, for now

  1. Although I respect you for needing to take the time to do what it is you have to do for you Bob, I can tell you that I am quite sad now. Although I never had a chance to read all of the stories, the ones that I did read all had a wonderfully profound effect on me unlike any other stimulation this world now has to offer.
    Simply allow me to thank you for LETTERSTOMYKIDS. I will miss this blog immensely. You’re a mensch!
    Be well and thanks again,..

    1. Bob, Another mensch (although I’m not Jewish) here. My parents put me on the train for Central Institute from Birmingham, AL back in 1943. Like Lee, I went without my parents since the train was full of returning servicemen from WW II and they got top priority. Lee and I had very similar interests later in life. We set up TTY networks in the late 1960’s. My network area was in Missouri and outlying states. At that time, I did not know Lee until I moved to Rochester, NY in 1975 where I started work as an assistant professor at NTID/RIT. What’s even more amazing is that we use the same name “Lee” since my middle name is Lee. We instantly became good friends and I attended his funeral. Nowadays, I’m 73 years old and have 3 kids and 10 grandchildren. This coming Saturday, my wife, Sally, and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. This fall we are moving to Portland, OR to be much closer to our family.

      I hope to meet you someday. Finally, I want to tell you how I cherish my memories with Lee. We had a lot of fun.

      Paul Lee Taylor
      pltnbt@rit.edu

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