Tom Writes and Rolls

I write Fiction, Poetry and I write about Jiu Jitsu.

Letters To My Children


These writings in particular were written with you in mind. They may not be as numerous as other categories, but in a very big way, this entire blog is for you. I don’t plan on leaving you alone anytime soon, but when the time of my passing comes, I hope you come to this site to visit with Dad and hear my voice when you read what I’ve written here. I started this blog when G was 12, I was 9, M was 6, and W was 2. My more spiritual leaning blog, Life In The Question Marks, began a year prior to this one.

As you’ve grown, so have I, and hopefully you can see that in my writing: the ups and downs and the gradual movement “upward” in growth and trying to become a better version of myself. At least, that is what I strive to do.

No matter what, never forget that I will always be a part of you. Not only do you have pieces of my DNA in your genetic coding, but you also possess the memories: the talks and experiences we shared, both good and bad (hopefully more good than bad), the hugs and “I love you”s, the kisses on your forehead. All of that and more. In that respect, I will always be with you, until the end of your days.

G, I, M and W: I love you. So very much.

I have loved you with everything I have.

Never stop growing. Never stop learning. Face your challenges and overcome them. Get up when you fall down. Never let your heart grow cold and lose the wonder and awe that life has to offer you. Smile often. Love as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to love and be loved. Be a vigilant guardian of your Time, as well as a generous philanthropist with it; seek the wisdom to know when to fill each role.

Live. In the name of all that is Good and Holy: LIVE!

G, I, M and W – I can’t say it enough – I love you.

Yours Always,


To My Children: About Happiness

To My Children: Falling Short

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