Teacher Faces Tough Decision Over Posting Deceased Son's Letter To His Mother
Dale Caldwell, a Tennessee teacher, sat before a pile of letters from his 2007 middle school class, ready to send them to the now-graduating students. However, there was one letter among the stack that caused him concern.
Each year, Mr Caldwell would ask his students to write letters to themselves detailing their lives on that day. They would list their current BFF’s, their favourite movie or what they wanted to be when they grew up. Mr Caldwell would then mail the letters back to them as they approached graduation, as a way of looking back on their past selves and how far they have come.
However, Caldwell wasn’t sure about one letter; Cameron Sharp’s.
In 2013, Cameron died in a car accident at just 17 years old.
It had only been a year since the tragic accident and Caldwell knew that sending the letter would either devastate his grieving family, or give them something to remember him by.
“When I ran across his [letter], for just a moment I paused and asked myself, ‘Do I mail this?’” Mr Caldwell explained.
“But I knew that, probably, it would be really special to his mother.”
And so, he sent the letter to Cameron’s mother, Gail Sharp.
Arriving around the same time as Mother’s Day, Mrs Sharp realized instantly that it was from her son because of the handwriting on the envelope.
“I always thought his penmanship was atrocious. I always told him that he needs to practice on his penmanship,” Mrs Sharp said. “But looking at it now, it’s a treasure to us.”
The 30 word letter was short and simple but was a piece of her son, nonetheless.
It read: “Dear Cameron, On this day my brother will graduate from middle school. On the same day I watched the movie Night at the Museum. My favorite teacher is Mr. Cawood.”
Gail Sharp was not looking forward to this Mother’s Day, but with a new memory to hold onto, she feels it is now bearable.
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