Dale Caldwell wasn’t sure if he should send it. The Tennessee teacher had a stack of letters from a yearly assignment he gave out to his middle school students. This stack was from his 2007 class.
Each year he would have students write letters to themselves. He would then mail the letters back to them when they graduated high school. But Dale wasn’t sure if he should mail the letter Cameron Sharp wrote to himself.
Cameron died in a car accident in 2013 when he was just 17 years old. Dale knew that sending the letter in 2014, a year after Cameron’s death, could either help or deeply hurt his family.
“When I ran across his [letter], for just a moment I paused and asked myself, ‘Do I mail this?’” the teacher said. “But I knew that probably it would be really special to his mother.”
He decided to send it. Cameron’s mother, Gail Sharp, received the handwritten note in the mail around Mother’s Day. She instantly recognized that it was from her son because she never liked his penmanship.
“I always thought his penmanship was atrocious. I always told him that he needs to practice on his penmanship,” she said. “But looking at it now, it’s a treasure to us.”
The short letter was simple, but even in its brevity it brought back a piece of her son.
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.”
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