Dear Nicholas Sparks,
Your book, The Last Song was very meaningful to me in many ways. I like the way you based the story on a bad relationship between a father and daughter and how they somehow reunite, as well as how you portrayed the story as a lesson. I can really relate to The Last Song.
This story brought me back to about five years ago. My cousins are very involved in sports like Ronnie was into the piano in the story. Their dad was also involved in helping them and being there for them no matter what, just as Ronnie's father was. Wendy, my aunt, and her husband, Bob, have four kids. Nick and Hayley are twelve year old twins. Nick is good at baseball and football. Hayley is a great gymnast, when she was seven years old she competed against sixteen year olds and traveled all the way to Florida to compete for a week. Their brothers are Joe, fifteen, and Jake who is seventeen. Jake and Joe have always been great at baseball and football.
Nearly four years ago, Nick and Hayley were eight, Joe was eleven, and Jake was thirteen. During this period of time Jake, Joe, and Nick were all in baseball and Hayley was in gymnastics. Uncle Bob was coaching for Jake and Joe's league. We were all taken by surprise when we got the call that Bob had been in a bad car accident that killed him on the spot. Bob reminded me of Ronnie's father because he was there when the kids were having good and bad days no matter what. He was so involved and a good guy and then suddenly he was gone. Ronnie reminds me of my cousins and how the loss was so horrible.
The day of the funeral happened to land on the night of Jake and Joe's baseball game. Joe played but Jake was hit really hard by this, so he sat out. Joe told us before the game that he was going to play for his dad. The similarity there is that Ronnie played the piano after her father was gone so she could be reminded of him when she did.
Every holiday we all have a brunch and supper with my grandparents, my grandpa reads a verse or two out of the bible and we talk about Bob. We talk about our memories, mostly funny ones because he was a funny guy, and some about the night it happened. Holidays are fun with the family but there are so many tears because of our loss. My cousins and Aunt Wendy don't mind talking about it with the family.
Every May 6th we get together and talk about Bob. We all write letters to him and bring him some flowers or some sort of present. It helps us get through the year. Though we may be filled with joy because he is in a better place, we have tears filling our eyes. As we write our letters to him, bring him his presents, and talk about him we all know he is in our hearts and looking over us. I feel the book The Last Song and my family have so much in common because of our loss.