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My letter home

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Dear Daughter
I need to update you on events here, I am setting out on a journey, starting with a retreat in Finkah at my local monastery. They have isolated huts set within a gorge full of flowers. There I will review my life’s work. It may be like looking into a mirror. I expect the images I see, may not be to my liking. As you know my mantra has been to ensure that the path I follow has been improved when I pass. So I must ask forgiveness from you, for what is to follow.

Apartments at Finkah Nepal
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  1. There is a powerful sense of isolation here. The physical separation of the huts. The solitary review of the father’s life and a possible disconnect between him and his daughter. The letter has been written. I wonder if it has been sent . . . It seems unfinished, as if the father could say no more. A heart-rending account, Michael.

    1. So pleased to read your comment, Edith. As I was concerned that the feeling of isolation might not be clear enough… I rather struggled to stay within the word count. Historically I have not been a letter writer, so this week I decided to challenge myself. I left the letter unfinished for quite a few reasons, mainly however as I felt there may more to come.

  2. The idea of reflecting on one’s life in an isolated place of beauty sounds rather attractive – at first. Then you show us the man’s apprehension, and his fear that he has fallen short of his (admirable) mantra. What has happened to shake his confidence in how he’s lived his life, I wonder?

  3. Two things I noticed: First, that he focussed on his mantra “to improve” things around him. This could be a do-gooder’s mantra, or a dictator’s.

    Second, that he is asking forgiveness in advance, for something he is about to do, which will somehow improve the path (presumably), perhaps make up for past deeds, but also harm or emotionally crush or disappoint the daughter. My bet is, he’s changing his will.

    1. Hi Andrea, I was pleased to read your feedback, which was in line with how at first I saw this story developing. However now I find myself wondering about why he sent a primitive drawing to his daughter with the letter. Which may mean that there could be another angle to the story. Time and the next prompt may deliver the answer, I hope so

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