Literally, I mean. This is really sweet.
Jenna and Barbara Bush wrote a letter to Sasha and Malia Obama, giving advice and their best wishes — as well as recounting some memories of their own, from both administrations. They were seven, Sasha’s age, when Bush 41 took office, and they spent their holidays and vacations at the White House, just like any kids would visit their grandparents.
Sasha and Malia, we were seven when our beloved grandfather was sworn in as the 41st President of the United States. We stood proudly on the platform, our tiny hands icicles, as we lived history. We listened intently to the words spoken on Inauguration Day service, duty, honor. But being seven, we didn’t quite understand the gravity of the position our Grandfather was committing to. We watched as the bands marched by — the red, white, and blue streamers welcoming us to a new role: the family members of a President.
Some of it’s purely fun kid stuff:
– Slide down the banister of the solarium, go to T-ball games, have swimming parties, and play Sardines on the White House lawn. Have fun and enjoy your childhood in such a magical place to live and play.
– When your dad throws out the first pitch for the Yankees, go to the game.
And some is serious advice that they may be a little young to appreciate quite yet. But it’ll click in a couple of years, when it really matters.
Many people will think they know [your father], but they have no idea how he felt the day you were born, the pride he felt on your first day of school, or how much you both love being his daughters. So here is our most important piece of advice: remember who your dad really is.
Read the whole thing. I can’t even imagine such a crazy magical place to be, as a young kid — and some of the mental images they conjure up are really pretty lovely.