I wrote this letter to my dad after I (eventually) lost my wrist watch which I temporarily swapped with a senior in high school right before the summer holidays. I stumbled upon the letter some days ago while I was trying to do some home cleaning. I can’t believe I wrote this at the age of 12. Amuse yourself as I give my commentary in brackets. Enjoy:
I am very sorry about last night. I thought I could lie my way out of this watch business but I couldn’t (the watches didn’t look alike one bit). I really deserve proper punishment but thank you for sparing me (well, he didn’t spare the rod but he took it didn’t go haywire). When I get to Ibadan I promise (that’s broken and so was the watch) to bring back my watch and all my other belongings to Lagos.
Daddy, I know the type of son you want me to be (not a clue) and so with God’s grace (and plenty of it), I will do my best to become a respectful, truthful, well-disciplined and hardworking child whom you will always be proud of (I better check with him and see how I’m doing so far).
Daddy, you have just celebrated your birthday and so I pray that God will give you long life and prosperity (Amen). I also pray that people in your office will be proud of you and that you continue to give me good advice (like don’t give anyone your watch).
Daddy, I have to go now \(my favourite cartoon is on) so I just want to say thank you for all the things that you have done and that one day I shall be just like you.