Exchanging Emails With My 10-Year-Old Self

This is a twist on the whole “write a letter to your former self” thing that has been going on for a while. To make this easier to understand, my 10-year-old self will be replying in bold. Enjoy.

Dear Paul,
Ha, I called you “Dear”. You don’t know me yet, but you will! Alright, this sounds creepy. I’m you in the future. Reply to me. Thanks.

You got the wrong email. You sent that to your future self. You don’t want to talk to me yet. Trust me. 

Dear Paul,
Ha, I called you “Dear”. You don’t know me yet, but you will! Yup, still creepy. I’m you in the future. Reply to me. Thanks.

My parents told me not to talk to strangers, but you don’t seem like a stranger. What year are you writing me from?

I’m not a stranger! It is currently 2015. We have flying cars, instapizza, and talking dogs. How are you doing? How’s Grade Five treating you?

INSTAPIZZA? That sounds like pizza that is instantaneously made right in front of you within seconds! Flying cars don’t impress me. We all knew they were coming. Talking dogs are on TV all the time. Scooby Doo. Hello? You’re so lame.

Grade Five is good. Guess what! I got a brand new hockey jersey! It’s so cool. And I think I made a best friend at recess the other day. We talked for ten minutes and agreed on everything. I hear that’s rare.

Man, your writing skills are top notch for a 10-year-old. You’re right! Instapizza is exactly how you described it. A new hockey jersey? No way! I would’ve never guessed. As for that best friend of yours, he’ll still be around in 2015. You guys will go to Pizza Hut a lot.

I love Pizza Hut! Hey Paul, guess what!

You’re playing softball again in the summer?

Yeah! How’d you know? 

I’m you, idiot!

Oh yeah, well you’re a nincompoop!

Nincompoop, great word. Good insult, Paul! So hey, do you like playing softball?

I love it! I’m always the first one there practising with Dad. I always mess up during the game though. I always drop the ball or it let it go by me. I feel like I’m letting the team down.

Oh, don’t worry about that stuff. Everyone makes mistakes. Just have fun. You’re a great pitcher, remember? And you never strike out when you’re batting. Don’t sweat the small stuff, you smell bad enough as it is!

Hey! Are you saying I smell? Dad says that to me every time we drive home. He rolls down the windows. I thought he was joking, though. Can you tell me if I’ll ever win a championship?

I can’t tell you that. Sorry. All I can say is have fun, work hard, expect nothing, and good things will happen.

You sound like Oprah. 

Good. Oprah owns half the universe.

She does?

O, she does. See what I did there? Hey, what did you do today?

Paul, you’re not funny. I woke up. Ate breakfast. Got dressed. Went to school. Got out of the car. Walked onto the playground. Saw my friends. Heard the bell ring. Lined up. Went to class. Stood for the national anthem. Hey, our national anthem is called “O Canada”, does Oprah own that too? And then I sat down. And then I…

Based on how long it’s taking you to reply, I can tell you’re writing a novel.


No, Oprah does not own our national anthem. Now give me a brief version of what you did today.

I went to school. Came home. Went outside and played road hockey with the kids on the street. Came inside and had dinner. Then I watched some cartoons. Then I did my homework. Now I’m talking to myself in the future. You’re lucky there isn’t a hockey game on tonight.

Oh how I wish I were you right now. That sounds great. What did you have for dinner?


Good boy.

Hey, Paul?

Yeah, Paul?

What are the next 14 years of my life going to be like? I’m worried.

Don’t be worried. Great things are going to happen. There will be ups and downs, I won’t lie. You will find yourself and then lose yourself, many times. The friends you currently play with at recess won’t be around in 14 years, which is fine. Your current best friend will still be there.

You’ll also make a lot of good friends in high school. And then SPOILER ALERT you’ll go off to university. I won’t tell you which one. It’s pretty cool how you figure out which school you want to go to, I won’t ruin that for you.

There, you’ll meet a second family. People you don’t even know exist. They are out there somewhere, growing up in a different city, but your paths will cross eventually.

When you graduate, well, I’ll leave that alone for now. You don’t need to know about life after graduation just yet.

Hold on, what does “SPOILER ALERT” mean? Where are these terms coming from? How can I trust you that I’m going to have an entirely different group of friends in the future? You’re telling me, the kids that don’t pass me the soccer ball at recess, aren’t going to be in my life in 14 years?

This is all too much. And what happens after I completely finish school? Then what? 

Paul, just be a kid. Enjoy being a kid. You don’t get to be that age forever. You’re going to grow up faster than you think. Pretty soon you won’t have to raise your hand and ask to go to the washroom. You’ll just go, because you can.

After you finish school, things will be different. Things will be tougher. Just promise me you won’t give up. Don’t ever give up.

I won’t give up. Am I going to be okay?

Yes, you are.

Then so will you, Paul. So will you.

About Paul

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59 Responses to Exchanging Emails With My 10-Year-Old Self

  1. Mon says:

    So touching :’)
    “Pretty soon you won’t have to raise your hand and ask to go to the washroom. You’ll just go, because you can.”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. shubhada says:

    Heheh. This was so cute.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lea says:

    So we are just neurons of all of the personae we have ever experienced day by day, minute by minute??? Is that ever cool. We can slide along through this whole cave of hanging neurons, brushing against those that tickle our fancy at the time…..i am so happy i discovered you!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? says:

    Very sweet.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. paigetheresa says:

    So.. 10-year-old Paul knows how to spell “instantaneously”? Dang, Tiny Paul, you smart! I barely know how to spell it now!

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  6. paigetheresa says:

    *feverishly scrolls up to make sure I didn’t spell it wrong*

    Liked by 1 person

  7. George says:

    Very clever and nicely done.

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  8. Taylor says:

    I love reading your work, it gives me a good laugh when I need it the most!
    And this whole conversation with your youngerself did the trick. You have a talent for writing!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Little Rants says:

    Needs reblogging.

    It’s heartbreakingly beautiful.

    Write more of these.

    You rock.


    Also, here 🍕 🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕

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  10. Little Rants says:

    Reblogged this on lilrant and commented:
    This is awesomeness.


  11. Little Rants says:

    I reblog half your posts. I hope that’s not creeptastic.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Issa says:

    Say hi for me in the part 2 of that conversation with the 10 year old you he does sound smarter than you and at least I can say I talked to you before you got dumb. 😄😄😄😄😄 trying out my evil laughs

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  13. Great post and innovative & loved it till the end 7 the end was perfect 🙂 You rock Paul !!

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  14. rebbit7 says:

    Great post! It’s always great to consider yourself in retrospect. I did something similar with an old post of mine, except it’s to my sixteen-year-old-self. Feel free to check it out here: https://thefinickycynicat.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/letter-to-my-sixteen-year-old-self-the-daily-post-challenge/

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  15. Mindy says:

    This was delightful. Also, don’t joke about instapizza. Also, I find that every time I read your blog, I want pizza. Is that your goal or is that just me?

    Liked by 1 person

  16. nakedshade says:

    this is interesting. ha ha… you sounds cute when your 10 year old.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Adi, the Happy Lifeaholic says:

    Ooh I love this take on the letter! Really creative! 🙂 Your 5th grade self sounds like a riot! And now I want to know how you selected your college.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. I’m jealous of both of you,

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Barb Knowles says:

    Great idea. You captured the way you probably sounded and thought at that time. I loved the spoiler alert. Present/Future Paul (that sounds like a verb tense) sounds wistful…

    Liked by 1 person

  20. izza ifzaal says:

    Paul! How can I be so crude so miss such knee-melting post 😀
    *pats her head* :p But this couldn’t get any better! 🙂
    Yoo the weekend I am gonna catch up with all your posts! *bingo* 😛

    Liked by 1 person

  21. izza ifzaal says:

    Reblogged this on a touch of my saint! and commented:
    Awesome possum !!!


  22. colinandray says:

    A very creative piece of writing and “the sky is the limit” as to where you could take a dialogue with yourself. Just imagine explaining to a (e.g.) 10 yr old you, the crisis you found yourself in at (e.g.) 20! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  23. babysteps22 says:

    Sooo sweet!! (with extra deserving ‘O’s)

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Aw 🙂 This is really you!

    Liked by 1 person

  25. markbialczak says:

    The kids are all right, Paul. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  26. lol da’awww ❤

    Liked by 1 person

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