Ex US President Ronald Reagan’s Letter To His Son (A MUST READ)

Ronald Reagan's In June of 1971, just days before his 26-year-old son, Michael, got married, future-U.S. President Ronald Reagan sent him the following letter of advice. It really is quite stunning. All men need to read this!

Michael Reagan
Manhattan Beach, California
June 1971

Dear Mike:
Enclosed is the item I mentioned (with which goes a torn up IOU). I could stop here but I won’t.
You’ve heard all the jokes that have been rousted around by all the “unhappy marrieds” and cynics. Now, in case no one has suggested it, there is another viewpoint. You have entered into the most meaningful relationship there is in all human life. It can be whatever you decide to make it.

Some men feel their masculinity can only be proven if they play out in their own life all the locker-room stories, smugly confident that what a wife doesn’t know won’t hurt her. The truth is, somehow, way down inside, without her ever finding lipstick on the collar or catching a man in the flimsy excuse of where he was till three A.M., a wife does know, and with that knowing, some of the magic of this relationship disappears. There are more men griping about marriage who kicked the whole thing away themselves than there can ever be wives deserving of blame. There is an old law of physics that you can only get out of a thing as much as you put in it. The man who puts into the marriage only half of what he owns will get that out. Sure, there will be moments when you will see someone or think back to an earlier time and you will be challenged to see if you can still make the grade, but let me tell you how really great is the challenge of proving your masculinity and charm with one woman for the rest of your life. Any man can find a twerp here and there who will go along with cheating, and it doesn’t take all that much manhood. It does take quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music. If you truly love a girl, you shouldn’t ever want her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected even momentarily for her favors.

Mike, you know better than many what an unhappy home is and what it can do to others. Now you have a chance to make it come out the way it should. There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.

Love,
Dad

P.S. You’ll never get in trouble if you say “I love you” at least once a day.

Source – Reagan: A Life In Letters

  1. salisu Reply

    Great indeed

  2. Akpa Friday Reply

    dis is gud for both de guys nd de ladies, everyone is loking for either a gud guy or a gud lady bt hadly prepare dem self worthy of de gud guy or lady dat de ar luking for.in the institution of marriage both side must play der part for it to work.

  3. Johnny Obas Reply

    break-ups shouldnt be administered to the men alone, what aout the women, and those realy pretencious woman who are good today before u marry them and turn and turn devil after mariage. well its a well written piece of advice from a father to a son, which undoubtedly should be hacken upon by all men, i mean real men

  4. Bode owolabi Reply

    A letter for men to read that will last centuries. This letter should be preserved for generations yet unborn.

  5. edoghogho alohan Reply

    dats a true talk wit deep meaning.

  6. Bamgboye C. Reply

    that piece of advise is the best gift ever a father can give to a son that is getting ready for marriage. Words of wisdom.

  7. Nafisat Aliyu Reply

    Great words from one of d world’s greates.You are not jst a leader but a Hero.I love this pieces of advice.I wish all men will read this and work with it.Thank u daddy.

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