President Ronald Reagan’s Inspirational Letter To Son

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May 16, 2012 – President Ronald Reagan’s Inspirational Letter To Son

Few days before Michael Reagan‘s 26th birthday in June of year 1971, he got married.

His father, Ronald Reagan sent him the inspirational letter of advice below.

It’s a must read for all men (Married and single alike)


Michael Reagan

Manhattan Beach, California

June 1971

Dear Mike:

Enclosed is the item I mentioned (with which goes a torn up IOU). I could stop here but I won’t.

You’ve  heard all the jokes that have been rousted around by all the “unhappy  marrieds” and cynics. Now, in case no one has suggested it, there is  another viewpoint. You have entered into the most meaningful  relationship there is in all human life. It can be whatever you decide  to make it.

Some men feel their masculinity can only be proven if  they play out in their own life all the locker-room stories, smugly  confident that what a wife doesn’t know won’t hurt her. The truth is,  somehow, way down inside, without her ever finding lipstick on the  collar or catching a man in the flimsy excuse of where he was till three  A.M., a wife does know, and with that knowing, some of the magic of  this relationship disappears. There are more men griping about marriage  who kicked the whole thing away themselves than there can ever be wives  deserving of blame.

There is an old law of physics that you can only get  out of a thing as much as you put in it. The man who puts into the  marriage only half of what he owns will get that out. Sure, there will  be moments when you will see someone or think back to an earlier time  and you will be challenged to see if you can still make the grade, but  let me tell you how really great is the challenge of proving your  masculinity and charm with one woman for the rest of your life. Any man  can find a twerp here and there who will go along with cheating, and it  doesn’t take all that much manhood.

It does take quite a man to remain  attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him  unshaven, tended him while he was sick and washed his dirty underwear.  Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some  very beautiful music. If you truly love a girl, you shouldn’t ever want  her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both  know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to  be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to  meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at  her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected  even momentarily for her favors.

Mike, you know better than many  what an unhappy home is and what it can do to others. Now you have a  chance to make it come out the way it should. There is no greater  happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing  someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his  footsteps.

Love,

Dad

P.S. You’ll never get in trouble if you say “I love you” at least once a day.