Madeline's Letter to Max

(Note: Madeline is Max's step-granddaughter, the daughter of Janet's daughter, Colleen. Hilary was 15 when she wrote this.)

April 11, 2006

Dear Max,

This letter is from Madeline. I just wanted to tell you that I made a cake for you . . . it's a yellow cake with chocolate frosting, the one I always make for special occasions. Birthdays, homecomings, parties, etc. Even if you don't eat it I just wanted to make it for you so that you will know I'm thinking of you.

Max, even though you're not my birth grandfather, it doesn't mean I love you less than I would if you were my birth grandfather. I love you. I love you the way when I walk into the room and you smile at me and hug me. I will always remember this last Thanksgiving when you and I were having a nice conversation in the kitchen and you said to me, "Madeline, I'm so glad that you are my granddaughter." That made me feel like I was on top of the world. That will always hold a special place in my heart.

You mean so much to me. You have always been a great listener. And whenever our families would get together you would be the one making jokes with my dad and the rest of us. You always know how to make someone smile, and I love that about you.

There is so much more I could tell you right now but I don't want to bore you with small details so I will leave it at this. Max, I love you and always will.