Dear Guillianna and Elijah –
We are thinking of you – missing you and wishing for you every happiness.
We hope you will one day understand how much love everyone in the Mitten has for you both ! The adventure you’re on is not one we have been allowed to physically share with you for about a year we have not seen your faces heard your voices and have been treated as though we have done something to harm you. It’s unimaginable what you could be thinking or have been told and even more terrifying is the emotional torment your hearts must have been feeling. To know how much you loved being with us and the years you spent , to know you cannot show those emotions now or have been conditioned to have hate or distrust …oh my, it is all of that- all of the above, is the current motivation for our love letters. To make sure you’re aware that we will always love you – no one in the Mitten ever saw this coming , to ensure you that you have wonderful childhood memories and that this entire situation is not your fault. We want you to know there is no reason to feel sad, that as you grow there will always be someone in this world who can help you fill in the blanks. No matter how old the great grandparents get- no matter how old we get, there are aunts and uncles and cousins, there are, coaches, teachers, instructors, parents of your friends and even your close special friends though young too and may have memories fade, but I know will there are so many who will always know what life truly was here in the Mitten, how loved you are and how you enjoyed the years with us! No manipulations of what is real…. just so many others you could reach out to one day and help you both piece together the images of these pages, the documents preserved, the time capsule of nine and six years that have been gutted or taken from you and reconstructed over this past year to transform your mindset. there are specialists to help you in coping with how this all was put upon your shoulders when you did nothing to warrant it. To know the truth is important , we have learned from our own experiences that the lives of children who suffer huge emotional loss and change there is a potential for emotional life long issues of trust and attachment , relationship barriers. The only thing we can do as grandparents with this experience in the lives of our own children , is communicate to you both the value of your lives, to everyone that loves you. To express that you’re memories of love fun and closeness, the trust, are real they are valid and they had a place in your hearts – one day i hope you will find a way to see that is not a betrayal to the love you have for your mom and dad, to love people you were so connected to. We hope you’ll understand That you two and all of us in the Mitten were part of a journey that we loved, that we did not end, and that we begged to maintain . We also want you to know that as you grow or have grown pending the age in which you actually read these letters , you will see that the fear, and pain of others pasts became your burden to carry. we hope you’ll be able to forgive that , and grow into the kind of people who change the pattern. Always remember the importance of how to treat those who have loved you, treat people with respect and kindness – and have gratitude. Jealousy, discontent, an inability to attach or lack of trust breeds unhappiness and irrational fear . You will have the chance to heal and set an example of what love can do. Love and appreciation can win in this unbelievably awful chain of events that has removed very special people in your lives. So many who have loved and supported your journey and still do.
Remember you are both always loved to the moon and back,
forever and for always,
❤️Nana and Poppy❤️🍪