A letter from Mom
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,
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
A letter from Mom