Often we don’t realize the impact our words can have. To quote the famous Mark Twain, “a powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words, the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.”
And when those words were written for someone special 20 years ago, but never seen until now, that same impact can double in intensity.
Back in 1994, Sherry and Craig Blackledge from Mississippi adopted an 18-month-old girl named Brooke. That same year, Sherry decided to write a letter to her new daughter, but would keep it under lock and key until Brooke’s wedding day.
Fast forward more than 20 years later, that letter finally met Brooke’s eyes for the first time…right before she walked down the aisle to marry her long-time boyfriend. Printed on a piece of fabric from her mom’s own wedding dress, Sherry handed it to Brooke. Having never heard about it or the intent to share it, Brooke was understandably shocked as she began reading it.
The letter, dated December 15, 1994, reads:
“Our Dear Little Baby Brooke,
As I write this you are sleeping soundly in your baby bed. You are 18 months old.
We just want you to know how very much love and happiness you have brought to us. You have made us a truly great family. A little precious baby girl to me and Daddy and a baby sister to Brian.
Before me and Daddy were married we always said we wanted a little boy and a little girl. When we were dating, we said if we had a little girl she would be a little Brooke. You are our little Baby Brooke.
Brooke, we just want you to know that you are very special to us and that God picked you extra special and he sent you to Mommy, Daddy and Brian.
We love you. Mommy and Daddy”
The film crew capturing the wedding that day also videoed this exact moment. When asked on camera why her mom wrote the letter, she stated: “I wanted her to know how much I loved her. And I thought it would be extremely precious when she opened it up and read it on her wedding day,”
You can see the footage (by Film Poets) for yourself directly below.
“I lost it and began sobbing at this point, especially when I saw my daddy crying,” Brooke explained in a post-wedding interview. “There isn’t a word for the emotion I was feeling at this point. If someone could come up with a word that encompassed excited, humbled, speechless, joyful, shocked and genuinely loved, then that would be the word to use.”