I have seen this letter many times on Facebook the last couple of weeks. It really struck a chord with me. It seems simple to just treat someone with the respect and dignity that they deserve, especially your parent. But I wonder how easy it will be to practice. My hope is to be the daughter that does accomplish this.
To all of the moms and moms-to-be (and all of you great ladies) – Happy Mothers Day.
Mom- I love you more than I have words for. Thank you for being my mom.
Letter from a Mother to a Daughter:
“My dear girl,
The day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter. “Happy Mother’s Day!
I love my life. I love my husband. I love my children. I love being able to dairy.
These are things that I know. But why is it that I only really acknowledge this when a friend is struggling within their life?
As the Lenten season is drawing to a close, it is a natural time of reflection for myself. With two friends hurting, I have been lost in thought quite a bit this week. Both thinking about them and my own life. It is a stark contrast right now.
What I have learned through this is – I need to be more thankful for my life. And this is a goal for myself.
Wishing all of you a joyous Easter.