Every time I see those letters moms write to their 4 -month old infants I want to barf. I mean really, come on. My mom made me a baby book and kept notes about every thing I did at 4 months and I can tell you without a doubt that the journal I kept from age 5 until now is way more interesting. Year 8 is really good. The only thing valuable about the info at 4 months is that I did not like drinking milk then and I still do not. I am happy there are pictures from life when I was four, though. Pictures are good. I know the letters to babies are really for the moms.
What about letters to college kids? There's a lot I want my nieces and nephews to know. Not really about themselves at age 17 (you thought you were so smart, you texted your friends during dinner, you loved Starbucks, Oxy 10 cost $4.32 a tube, you snuck out at night but we totally knew- did you think we were never teenagers and that we are now blind and deaf?), but about the big small world. I want them to be smart when they try all the stupid things. Yet, I know you can't be smart about the stupid things without doing the stupid things yourself and seeing what happens (as we all did). No matter how many times we tell people the smart thing to do, it does not matter. That is one thing we can learn from the letters moms write to infants. Babies start doing whatever they want as soon as they can.
I wonder what the next few years of google searches will be for us. I know for sure one search will be find the nearest Cracker Barrel.