Do You Want to Know Your Parent’s Secrets?


The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. WrightJack Cooper wrote weekly letters to his wife Laurel throughout their almost 40 year marriage. Laurel kept them all. When the two both die of natural causes on the same night, together, their grown children have to take care of all the final arrangements. One of the first things they find is Laurel’s stash of letters. Of course they started reading them.

They discover wonderful secrets about their parents – like when they visited Graceland and met Priscilla and Elvis Presley. They also learn a shattering secret. The children had only seen the happy marriage Jack and Laurel had. The news they learn dating back to their early childhood shakes them up and makes them question what they know about their own lives.

This is The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright.

I know at least one of my parent’s secrets – although I’m not sure it is a secret any more. Even so, I’m not going to share it, even with my brothers or sister Or daughters – who both read my blog). I learned it by sneaking into my mother’s private journal. Fortunately by the time I learned it the problem had been resolved and while I looked differently at them, it never touched our lives. They’ve now been married over 55 years.

I really don’t think I want to know all their secrets. Although they’re flesh and blood real people to me now, there is still a bit of that child’s vision of their father and mother on podiums above me. They aren’t perfect, but I think they’re pretty great.

Would you want to know your parent’s secrets?


  1. Comment by Lazygal:

    No. I think that might taint my view of who they are and how they were. There are certain things I do wonder about, but that’s only natural for a child (mostly things like, what do they talk about since my father’s a theoretical physicist and my mother’s… not?).

    I’ve seen how secrets can really negatively affect a family (Thing One’s) so no, not interested.

  2. Comment by Aravis:

    I know some of my parents’ secrets, and that’s ok. But I don’t feel a need to know any more than I already do.

  3. Comment by Jandy:

    You’re right – I don’t want to know any more than I already do, either.