A good friend of mine told me about this. It’s by an unknown author, and it’s a mother’s letter of love to her daughter about getting old.
I found it really beautiful as it contains some life lessons that affect most mothers and daughters. In fact, it can apply to all children with parents growing old. It’s a reminder about the fragility of life, but also about love.
Mother’s Letter of Love For 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.
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