Dear Harper: A Letter From Poppo


Dear Harper Lane,

I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it is to finally meet you. But I must say, you are the tiniest thing I’ve ever seen. Poppo is almost afraid to hold you because I’m afraid you might break. I guess that since your brother was so big when he was born, I was expecting another “big ‘ol baby.” Instead, you are so petite and precious and Scooter and I have decided that you NEED our protection. More about that later.

There is a nursery rhyme that I remember from my childhood that said, “What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s what little girls are made of.” Every time I look at you that’s what I think of — sugar and spice and everything nice.

Now…there are a few subjects I want to address with you up front.

First, I can’t imagine you would ever do anything wrong, but I know eventually you will. In spite of that, I want you to know that Nana and I (along with all the rest of your family) love you unconditionally. There is absolutely NOTHING that you will ever do that will cause us to love you any less. We probably won’t always agree with all the choices you make, but our love for you is without strings. I want you to grow up knowing that from the beginning.

Second, I want you to always remember that Jesus loves you. You already know that I’m sure because I believe you (and all little babies) are gifts directly from the heart of God Himself. As you grow up in this world, you will see a lot of things that make you sad and many things that make you mad…but always remember God is in control and He loves you with an everlasting love. As much as Poppo loves you, God loves you much, much  more.

I’ve noticed that you seem to have already wrapped your daddy around your little finger. Remember this…with great power comes great responsibility. I don’t completely understand this, but little girls have a way of mesmerizing their dads from the moment they are born. I will refer you to your Aunt Deeves (Danielle) to learn more about this. People have accused her of having Poppo wrapped around her little finger. That may be open for some debate, but I’m sure she will gladly educate you in the fine art of dealing with your daddy. I will tell you this…if Aunt Deeves asked Poppo for the moon, I would start building a ladder this afternoon to get it for her!

Next, I need to make you aware of the women in your life. There are three in particular you will need to watch out for…your mommy, your Nana (Edna) and your Nonnie (Connie). They have been plotting and planning and buying and sewing for 9 months in anticipation of your arrival. I have a sneaky suspicion that you are going to have some kind of bow on your head or on your clothing for the foreseeable future. Just smile and enjoy all the attention. They certainly mean well. They have been so excited to finally have a little girl to dress up in fancy clothes.

Now…what I am about to share with you is EXTREMELY important. You have a big brother. His name is Hudson, but I call him Scooter. For the last two years, he has been the only child and he has learned how to use that to his every advantage. As you begin to get a little bigger, he will begin to share that power with you as well. Pay attention and learn from him…he is a master manipulator…perhaps the best I have ever seen. He is able to get the adults in his life to do just about anything he wants them to do.

Fortunately, I am immune to his power. This is why Scooter and I make such a great team. I see right through that little smile and cute little voice. So because of that, you have two protectors in your life — Poppo and Scooter. If you listen to everything he tells you, you may wind up in a bit of trouble…that’s where it will be helpful to have Poppo around. Thus far, I’ve been able to create enough diversions to keep Scooter out of too much trouble and I’m already looking for ways to help you too. Stick with me cause I got your back!

For nine months, people have asked me what I would call you. You certainly were going to need a code name (other people call them nicknames). Hudson is Scooter and that fits him perfectly as you will soon see. After only a few hours with you, I knew what your code name would be. From now on, I will refer to you as LITTLE BIT. You are so tiny and cute, Little Bit just seemed to fit. I hope you like it. This code name will help you when you communicate with Poppo. I got this idea from my daddy (your Popple). He would have loved you too and I don’t know what name he would have given you. But just like my daddy did, I intend to give all my grandchildren special code names that belong just to them.

Finally, there is one more thing. Throughout your life there will be people who try and tell you there are things you can’t do because you are a girl. Pay no attention to them. You will grow up to do anything you believe God wants you to do. He will give you the talent and gifts necessary for you to fulfill the wonderful plan He has for you life. So don’t listen to other people tell you what you can’t do…listen to God and know that you can do “all things through Christ who strengthens you.”

That’s all for today. I’ll tell you this. Being a Poppo is one of the greatest things to ever happen in my life. I can’t tell you how much fun I have and I’m so excited now to welcome you to my club. We are going to have so much fun. Remember, I love you very much and I can’t wait to see all that God is going to do in and through you.

Love you always Little Bit.