Mothers have a gift for knowing just how to make their children feel special. Skye Gould’s mom showed her love and support through daily lunchbox letters. These were not occasional “Have a nice day!” notes, but rather thoughtful missives offering motherly advice to her tween daughter. In fact, Gould got a note in her lunchbox every single day of her sixth grade school year.
After Gould’s mom, Stephanie Skylar, promised to write her daughter a note every day, they decided to eventually collect all of the letters into a book and call it “Lunchbox Letters.” While Skylar missed a note here and there, she worked hard to keep her promise, sometimes writing several in advance when she had to go out of town.
Gould, who is a senior graphics editor at Business Insider, stashed every single one in an old Skecher’s box, on which the mother-daughter duo signed an agreement and stamped their own seal of approval.
As part of her master’s thesis project at Ohio University, Gould created a website showcasing her mom’s letters. She displayed them in chronological order and added her own commentary.
“I had forgotten they existed,” Gould told ABC News, “and I came across a book about handwritten letters and I had an epiphany where I remembered about them. I called my mom and she still had them all. I started working on my project and it evolved into a website over the past year.”
After receiving the letters — still in the old Skechers shoe box — Gould worked on her project without saying a word to her mother. Then, on Skylar’s birthday in April, her daughter sent her the link to the website, which she named AdviceFromMyMom.com.
“It started with typical ‘have a nice day at school’ notes and quickly became a place for her to more closely connect with me while she worked long hours,” Gould wrote on her website. “Her wisdom stuck with me long past when she first wrote these letters and this experience greatly shaped how I view the world.”
Skylar agrees that the project was worth the effort.
“She’s kind and funny and it just turned out great,” she told ABC News. “Obviously those messages sunk in at some point; it just took 23 years to get it there.”
Did your own mom ever write you “lunchbox letters”? Do you still have old missives from your childhood stashed away in a box somewhere? We love the way Gould has given these letters new life!