About Mandy Syers
In 1997 I founded a company called Heirloom Books which preserved people's life stories in custom books to be handed down to their families. Over the years I have seen how these legacies connect children to their parents and grandparents, especially after the older generations are gone. So in 2019, when a friend was about to deploy to a combat zone leaving three young children at home, I urged her to write them a letter, hoping it would never be needed. She put it off, feeling overwhelmed by the task and her other preparations. Finally, with the deployment a week away, I told her to "give me an hour." We made coffee and sat at her kitchen table. The result was a beautiful and heartfelt legacy letter. And although I'm happy to say that she returned safely, I believe it's never too early for anyone with children to write such a letter.