If you don’t know who Lin-Manuel Miranda is at this point, there’s a good chance that you’ve been living at a sleepaway camp for the past four or five years. The man behind the music and lyrics of Broadway sensation Hamilton is a New Yorker through-and-through, and based on these letters he sent his parents home from camp as a child, he’s also had a flair for the dramatic from quite a young age.
He found these old letters while convalescing at his parents’ house and rummaging through memorabilia and honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful that he needed to take a few days away.
Young Lin, it seems, was sent away to camp because he wanted to spend his entire summer in front of the television. As you can see, his enthusiasm for the experience was a little less than was probably desired.
Things didn’t really get better from there.
And it wasn’t long before the drama queen inside burst out, ready to do whatever it took to get home to New York City.
This one might be my favorite. “Dear family,” it begins. “Remember me? I’m the kid you ditched in the woods last month.”
It concludes with a “picture to remind you of me” and a drawing of a boy (presumably Lin) falling off a building.
With his earlier tactics not working, Lin turned to more direct complaints about the “hellhole” to which he had been banished.
I’m thinking a counselor or someone reviewed these “official” letters and suggested the addition of the P.S.
Last but not least, the plea for the phone call so he could run through his case in “person.”
No word on whether his parents heeded any of these increasingly desperate cries for attention – er, help. My best guess is that they were too busy cracking up in their quiet, drama-free house to make it up to the woods before Lin’s scheduled pickup day.
Bless his heart.