Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Remember me

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A letter from Mom
April 2021

My lovely Amelia,

I cannot believe you are officially a teenager. You have grown up so fast, and I am so proud of the young lady you have become. You are intelligent, capable, and friendly - with that spunky gleam in your eye we first noticed within moments of your birth.

The next few years will be a whirlwind. You will soon enter high school, meet new friends, develop your interests, and begin to mold yourself into the person you want to be. If you ever need an extra boost or simply a hand to hold, remember me.

When you were almost three years old, I was your world. You held my hand wherever we walked. You insisted on sitting next to me at every meal. You kissed me goodbye before bouncing into your preschool classroom to play with your friends. Now, we don't kiss goodbye. I wouldn't dream of embarrassing you in front of your friends. But if you are ever feeling down or lonely, just remember me.

Your father and I joke with you about staying away from boys, but we do look fondly towards the day (several years from now!) when you meet the right guy. You are an amazing and strong person, and one day you will find someone who will treat you with respect and look at you with love forever. As you venture into the world of dating, you will meet different types of guys. Never sell yourself short - you deserve only the best. And if you ever suffer a broken heart, don't forget to remember me. As I tended your cuts & scrapes as a child, I will provide whatever you need in times of sadness.

We don't have to get along all the time. We don't have to be friends. It is a mother's job to help her child gain independence and eventually let her bird fly free. As I let you go physically, never forget that you are always tied to my heart. No matter what happens in your life, I will stand ready to support you.

In times of joy, remember me.

In times of self doubt, remember me.

In times of fear, remember me.

In times of anxiousness, remember me.

In the pain of defeat, remember me.

In moments of victory, remember me.

I will be your mother forever. And you will never have to traverse this world alone.


I love you forever and always,
-Mom

45 comments :

  1. This is just beautiful. Great write!

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  2. This is a lovely letter. I think you will be a great mom of a teenage girl.

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  3. wow! That made me tear up a bit. Lovely post
    Stopped by from Mama kat's

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  4. Umm... so I almost teared up reading that. It was so sweet. Someday when she gets old and reads that, she's going to love it and come hug you. No matter how 'cool' of a teenager she is.

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  5. So sweet! Made me tear up a little bit :)

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  6. This letter will mean so much! I would have loved to have received it.

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  7. Oh, I'm crying. I wanted my mommy so badly when I was sick.

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  8. This DID make me cry. Moms are so important and, sadly, are not a given for every child. Amelia is so lucky to have you.

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  9. Thanks for the sweet comments! This post was one of my favorites to write. I don't want her to grow up, but I know she must. And I hope to remember how those years felt to me, so I can best be there for her. Geez, I love this kid.

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  10. Anonymous2/03/2011

    Lovely letter.

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  11. This was an AWESOME post!!!

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  12. That is beautiful!

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  13. All the things a teenage girl needs to hear even though she would never admit it. She will roll her eyes and say "Oh mom, stop being so dramatic" but she will love it.

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  14. What a beautiful letter to your daughter. Love it so much. "...you are always tied to my heart" Oh that line is so beautiful. This whole post is. So glad to have found you through studio 30 plus. :)

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  15. aww, lovely letter! definitely somehting a teenager will need to hear even if they don't think so themselves at the time!

    Bernadette
    http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com

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  16. As a mom still in the hand-olding phase, this was such a beautiful tear-jerker for me! Eloquent and lovely!

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  17. So touching - thank you for sharing this. Happy SITS day.

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  18. just beautiful - I'm so glad SITS shared you with us - looking forward to reading more of your lovely blog!

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  19. I loved reading that letter....Thank you for sharing something so personal with us. :)

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  20. This brings tears. So beautiful.

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  21. Beautiful. My son is slowly growing into that stage of not always wanting to give a hug when saying goodbye at school and it tears at my heart to know that someday soon I will only be getting them on rare occasions.

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  22. LOVE THIS! I have some great letters like this too from my mom. I read them all the time.

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  23. I wrote my son a letter every month during his first year of life. I should do that again! You're right, time just flies by so fast. I can't believe my little boy will soon be going to preschool! Writing a letter like this is never easy, but it is always beautiful!

    Sigh. I hope my own kid will never outgrow our hugs.

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  24. aww that's lovely..

    Happy SITS day and may your daughter will always remember you

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  25. Thank you for letting me read this gift to your child ~ so very beautiful.

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  26. So sweet and almost made me cry! Hope you are enjoying your SITS day.

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  27. "...tied at the heart." I love it!

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  28. Thanks for sharing this with us. It sounds almost like something I could have written to my own little girl (who seems to be close in age to yours), and it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks again, such beauty in your writing.
    Happy SITS day!

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  29. I seriously had tears in my eyes when I read that.

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  30. what an incredible idea...something she can surely hold on to forever! i hope i can do this someday with my child :)

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  31. Maybe I'm a sap, but I didn't read through because I know I'd cry.

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  32. Happy SITS Day, this is indeed a lovely post...

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  33. This made me tear up as well! Enjoyed it. May have to write my own letter now...

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  34. What a lovely thing to do for your daughter. I'm sure one day she'll cherish this post.

    Congrats on your SITS Day!

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  35. A wonderful letter that she will, no doubt, treasure. So precious.

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  36. Such a beautiful letter; any daughter would be blessed to receive it. Thinking of my own little girl and how fast she is growing, I couldn't help but tear up a little.

    Happy SITS day!

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  37. Found you on SITS!
    This post made me cry! I just might have to copy it for my girls when they get older!

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  38. This is so sweet - I did something similar in highschool. I wrote letters to my granddaughter and also asked several friends to write to her in my journal.

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  39. Oh, this is beautiful. I loved it! Congrats on your SITS day!! :)

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  40. This is so beautiful. Teenage girls sometimes get such a bad name, but I think they can be such joys. With a great mama like you, I have no doubt yours will be.

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  41. Absolutely beautiful. A precious, everlasting gift.
    CONGRATS on your SITS day :D
    (Third try at posting comment. Will it be a charm?)

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  42. I'm in the "preschool" phase and am uncertain about what those teen years will feel like to a mother. All I know is that by 25, you will be best of friends again! Just 10 more years. :)

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  43. Couldn't get through this post without tears. With growing daughters myself, the time goes so fast and they change in the blink of an eye.
    This letter is truly a gift for your daughter and it inspired me to write my own. Thanks!!

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