When I went to get the mail this weekend, a small greeting card sized envelope caught my eye in the pile. First it had a hand written address, not very often these days do you get hand written addresses, especially in handwriting you don’t recognize. Second it was address to William. It had been my experience that most 8 month olds don’t get very much mail (most 4 year olds don’t either). So I was intrigued. Then I looked closer at the envelope.
The return address was “The White House Washington, DC 20500”. Now I was really wondering what this was. I couldn’t get from the mailbox into the house fast enough to find out.
I opened the envelope to find a note from the President and First Lady, welcoming William to the world. Written on White House imprinted stationary with the presidential seal embossed in the paper, it said. “Welcome to the world! Your arrival is a cause for great celebration for your proud family. We wish you a long and happy life filled with chances to learn, ideas to explore, people to love, and dreams to fulfill. Sincerely, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama (their signatures)”
WOW! was all I could say. Jim comes around the corner as says “What?” I handed him the envelope first and then the note. He said we have to frame this. I am planning to frame it and put it in Will’s room.
Political affiliations aside this is really cool. I know that Barack and Michelle Obama had very little to do with the actual mailing of this card, but they have to know that it is happening. This is something that he will have for the rest of his life. I do feel compelled to say that we did not receive a note after Jack was born.
People will probably ask how they knew he was born. My guess is they got the list from the Social Security Administration when we filed for his Social Security Number. Or someone arranged for it and didn’t tell us. Either way, I don’t really care.
So, thank you Mr. President and the First Lady, Will appreciates his note.