This is the letter I would like to receive from my daughter on Mother’s Day in 30 years time.
I love you to the moon and back and back again and around all the planets… forever. You’re the best mummy in the world. You’re fun and inspiring. You’re honest, creative, and a professional role model.
You’re not perfect and never pretended to be (by the way, I forgive you for eating all my chocolates behind my back when I was little). I know you did the best you could for me, balancing *magic* with keeping it REAL.
Thank you for trying hard to make me and my sister bilingual. I know it was hard when we were little but it was worth it. It’s one of the best gifts you’ve given me, amongst so many.
I love you more than words can describe. Happy Mother’s day!
PS – Relax, you’ve done a good job, I do feel as Portuguese as I feel British,
I recommend everyone doing this. What letter would your child write to you in 20 or 30 years time? Daily life and chores get on the way and this is a great opportunity to stop and think. Seeing things from their perspective can be elucidating.
What kind of parent are you? What kind of parent do you want to be? What would you like your children to say to you in 30 years time?
How would you like them to feel?
Excuse me now, I better get back to work and make it all happen!
Wow! I feel like I need to go back and write my own now so I can focus on what really matters! I hope that they grow up and feel secure and loved and resilient to all the world throws at us!
This is really thought provoking Andrea. A few days ago my 6 year old daughter told me that I shout at a lot, not at them but just generally (about the dishes in the sink, the piles of washing etc etc) and after reading your post, I’d shrivel inside if that was a lasting memory! Definitely worth taking stock once in a while and seeing the world with their eyes.