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Being a godparent is an awesome responsibility. As spiritual guide and role model, you have a very special bond with your goddaughter. The occasion of her First Communion is probably the first time when she actually realises the significance of your relationship. One of the best gifts you can give her is a handwritten letter that she will read and keep for many years to come. This letter holds much significance for both of you, and will leave an impression on your goddaughter that will last the rest of her life.
Invest in some superior quality, acid-free writing paper. You want your goddaughter's First Communion letter to stand the test of time, so make sure it is written on paper that will not disintegrate in a few months.
Select a good, non-smear pen. What good is a keepsake written on expensive paper with inferior ink that smudges?
Think about the message you want to convey. Tell your goddaughter how you felt when you made your own First Communion. Share the thoughts and feelings you had at that time, and tell her how your understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist evolved as you grew older. Tell her how proud of her you are, and remind her that you will always be there to guide her along the way.
Use simple, easy-to-understand words. Keep in mind that when she makes her First Communion, your goddaughter will probably be in the second grade. You want to be sure that she can read your letter all by herself and understand everything you say.
Print. Very few second-graders can easily read and understand cursive writing. So, take the time to write your First Communion letter to your goddaughter in block letters. She'll appreciate the fact that you took the time to write in a way that is familiar to her.
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