I wanted to start something for our Granddaughter that was 'unique' and interesting, and outside of the normal - get insurance, buy a bond, start a savings account. (really a savings account? Even if it's a dollar a day? It will gain interest some day right?) So before she was born.....I proposed to my son, my fDIL and my family - and hers (oh lead balloooooooon??? come hither, other Grammy has an idea) lol. I have also written this down and had it notarized for a patent - (working on paperwork) It's called MY SWEET SIXTEEN letters. In the body of the letter - you start out writing as if the child is not here yet, what the world (IN YOUR WORLD) is like, who was doing what, what you think of Mommy and Daddy, What you think their best traits are, features are ----and strengths and even weaknesses are, across generation - NOTHING about health issues - NOTHING. In it is also what I think she may look like when shes grown up, what I think based on all OUR talents and gifts she may have for her own and what MY dreams are for her. Then a couple jokes like - when I'm gone - you get all the jewelry, china and hopefully my dynamite sense of humor....(baaaa dump dat) ----rim shot. I put it on a lovely piece of four sheets of paper. AND sealed it - It's in the vault. Now what to me is going to be incrediible about it - is that MY MOM wrote her one. In 16 years the reality is that MY Mom will be around 90 years old. So the advice and thoughts and wisdom of TODAY won't be there - as sharp and keen because let's face it - I'm 48 and entering the early stages of dementia - (still working on that hrt) But To my horror - her parents didn't like the idea - and wouldn't take the time to talk to a "fetus" who ------(plugs ears and walks away) So on her 16th birthday - she'll get my letter, and my Moms, and her Dads......and DF's. So she'll have four very special gifts (not sure if Mom had time, although if she didn't like the idea - she said it was neat) ......and it gives her something to look forward to besides a drivers license - and the MYSTERY of the pre-birth SWEET sixteen letters....will be revealed. Nothing in the letters is "difinitive" - nothing states she will be tall, slender, fat, short........but it does talk about being as graceful from the inside as you are on the outside, and values, morals and manners, and respecting yourself as well as others. I did put I thought she would have brown hair and blue eyes. The best of both of her parents.....come what may. So just wanted to share since there are so many babies on the board --------like it - hate it - just a thou ght.