My Goddaughter writes wonderful letters, and whenever I see one of them in my mail box, I smile. I rip open the envelope, unfold the paper and words, brimming with personality, jump off the page towards me.

I always intend to reply to my Goddaughter's letters straight away but I never do. I feel bad about this. I imagine Miss Augusta  watching out for the postman each day and feeling disappointed when he hasn’t got a letter for her. But she won’t be sad at the moment. Oh no! She’ll be smiling. You see, she should have received a fat envelope from me by now.

I used to buy blank cards and write my letters in them by hand. But these days I write my letters on the computer. Is that cheating? I find it easier. One advantage of computer letters is I can insert photos between the words, which I hope my Goddaughter enjoys. Usually I apply a fancy font to make everything look attractive, print off the pages and stuff them into an envelope, before walking up to the village post office to buy a stamp.

My Goddaughter is very forgiving. She never complains when it takes me a long time to reply. She just keeps on writing to me regardless. I think that’s very special. Miss Augusta is special through and through. Whenever I see her, she runs towards me with her arms open wide, and then she gives me the most enormous hugs. She makes me feel very loved.

I intend to watch my Goddaughter grow up. I want to be there every step of the way. And later, I hope to remain part of her adult life. I’d like those lively letters to keep dropping into my mailbox. I want to feel those beautiful arms about me forever.

But even if letters stop flying between us, or we can’t for some reason enjoy huge hugs, Miss Augusta and I will still remain connected for always because of an invisible spiritual bond. I’m on one end and she is on the other. And it will always be that way.

I wrote about this bond in my children’s novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek.
Now it is time for Lizzie’s favourite part of the story. “Tell me about the bond,” she begs. “Tell me about the invisible string.” 
Auntie Caroline laughs. “All Godparents are joined to their Godchildren by a special bond. It’s not really like invisible string. 
Joe interrupts. “If it was like string,” he says, “you’d keep getting tangled up and you’d never be able to go anywhere without each other.”
Lizzie giggles thinking of all the knots that would soon appear if there were a bit of string joining her to Auntie Caroline and Uncle Rick.

(I can imagine Miss Augusta giggling just like Lizzie when she reads those words.)

This Angels story snippet comes from a chapter called The Mother's Day. Lizzie’s Godmother has come to visit on that special day. Later, Mum thinks about her own Godmother, Auntie Maria.

I’m now thinking about my own Godmother too. I didn’t really know her. Her name was Grace: Auntie Grace. I only have a vague memory of what she looked like. I grew up on the other side of the world from her, and only travelled to see her once or twice.

Despite the distance between us, my Godmother's influence will remain with me for the whole of my life. When I arrived in this world, my Godmother thought it was her Godmotherly privilege to name me. She wanted to call me Diane. My parents didn't. But they did add that name after the two they'd chosen themselves. And so I was christened Susan Caroline Diane. Three Christian names. Of course my sisters and brother, in their turn, had to have three Christian names too. A new tradition was born.

Imagine if my first name was Diane.

Diane Elvis

Di Elvis

Lady Di Elvis

Doesn't that sound grand?

And it's grand being a Godmother to Miss Augusta.

I wonder if my Goddaughter likes the grand name I've given her for my story.

Image: Kitten Caught String by Belal Kahn(CC BY 2.0)

 The Angels of Abbey Creek

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  1. She's so adorable and what a cute kitten at the top of your post, Sue. I can't see you as a Diane so I'm glad your parents went with Diane as your third name and not your first name. Your Goddaughter sounds delightful! I do not believe it is cheating to write a letter on the computer; in fact that's how I write all my letters. My handwriting is atrocious. The people reading my letters probably appreciate I type them :)

    How sweet too you wrote your Goddaughter into your book in a roundabout way :)


    1. Betty,

      When I saw the photo I thought it was perfect for my story. I love using animal photos as you've probably noticed!

      Diane... I don't feel like a Diane. Actually I don't always use this name because I find two names is plenty!

      Miss Augusta is indeed delightful, and I don't think she minds my computer letters because they are easy for her to read. My handwriting is also atrocious. What would we do without computers? I guess we'd have to try harder with our handwriting!

  2. Things just seem right when there is a new Sue-story to read :). I'm sitting here smiling at the computer!

    I write letters on keyboard also. I cannot imagine anyone having to decipher a whole letter's worth of my handwriting (even I can't do it, and that's no exaggeration).. oh, dear.

    Your Goddaughter is blessed to have you in her life!

    1. Nancy,

      Your comments always make me smile. A new Sue-story? You are so encouraging. I have a few more stories circulating through my head. I hope I get a chance to write them.

      You can't read your own handwriting either? The only time I hand write is when I am jotting down writing ideas in one of my numerous notebooks. And sometimes when I return to those books to use the ideas, I can't make out what the idea was all about. I probably should put my glasses on too before trying to make head or tail of all scribbles!

      I think I'm blessed to have Miss Augusta! And friends like you and Betty who stop by with such lovely comments. Thank you!

  3. Augusta is fortunate to have a godmother like you. No doubt, she'll be very happy to receive you fat letter. I wouldn't be surprised if she remembers it her whole lifetime.

    How about Dee Dee Elvis? :-)

    1. Susie,

      Creating happy childhood memories for my Goddaughter is a lovely thought! Dee Dee? Well, that could have been a possibility for sure!

  4. Hand-written letters are wonderful - and a pest. I remember delightful letters from frinds and family far avay bringing exotic places close, and I remeber the frustration over not being able to read a letter, ecause of the handwriting. The art of handwriting is becoming extinct, I'm sorry in a happy sort of way to see it go, and hope for a renewal. Maybe we need to include drawings instead of photos in our letters ...
    Invisible threads all over. I imagined a giant - truly gigantic - cobweb connecting godparents and children all over the world.

    1. Uglemor,

      I remember getting some very beautiful handwritten letters from a friend. I felt so special receiving them because she had taken such care writing them. So I agree handwritten letters are wonderful. I think I'd have to practise a lot before my letters would look that special!

      Maybe we could include both photos and drawings. I do love getting photos. I save every one of Miss Augusta. But yes, she might enjoy some drawings too. I'm not much good at drawing. My drawing skills are like my handwriting skills. But I could try and maybe I will improve. Thank you so much for that idea. I like it very much. I also like the image of a truly gigantic cobweb!


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