In a way I feel like we all ought to (“ought to”) write letters like this, dangerous jobs or not.
There was a sudden death in our family many years ago. I don’t think about this so much anymore, but at the time I became obsessed by the thought that you could lose anyone, be gone yourself, at any moment. I’d especially think about it at moments of choice. At intersections, for example, like “I have the green light but what if I hit the gas just as somebody runs the red?”
Anyway. At the time it happened I found a journal belonging to the deceased. It was very typical teenage ranting. Lots of stuff about how the people who loved her, didn’t. I think it might be worth writing just-in-case letters to counteract the possibility our loved ones find things we wrote in anger. Or in case there’s an accident and your last spoken words are something like, “Jesus, can’t you ever put the dishes in the dishwasher?”
That said, I wouldn’t want to know about my loved ones’ letters ahead of time, either. :/
It’s weird but since I became a mom, I’ve thought about doing one of these, although I’ve never thought of it in terms of a “just in case letter” and certainly didn’t relate it to Maschaswicket’s excellent fic.
I just thought what if something happens and she doesn’t get to know how much I love her, how much she means to me, how she’s the very best thing I’ve ever done. I mean there are no guarantees I’ll be around to tell her that and I’ve wanted to do something, a letter, a video, something so that in case I’m not around when she’s old enough to understand, she’ll know.
With my rarely-hazardous occupations of graphic arts production (although I suspect that Photoshop does in fact kill some production artists) and property management (so far, the irate homeowners I’ve come in contact with have not been dangerously so), I’ve never really thought about writing a just-in-case letter. But spuriouseden and lovers-reunited make some pretty strong arguments for it.
I now go back to being in denial about whether or not one exists for me, and hoping that I’ll never find out the hard way.
Love this tag from lovers-reunited, BTW: #when life x vm fanfic intersect