I have loved you in the best ways I have known how. I will admit my shortcomings more than you know, for when I was less than I could have been, should have been, you did not get all that you deserved from me. For all I have said about life, I want you to know that all I ever really needed was you, your love, your presence, to make my life complete. You are a complete joy to me. I hope you will always know that. Wherever I am, wherever you are, I have my arms wrapped around you.
Elizabeth Edwards, in a letter to her children
I always feel for the children when I read about a mother losing her battle with cancer. I was an adult when I lost my mother to lung cancer, and I know how difficult it was for me. I can’t imagine losing my mom when I was a teen.
The quote above is universal. I can see me writing something similar to Simone and Nadia. I applaud Elizabeth Edwards and her idea to write a letter to her children. As they grow older, it will be a gift that gives and gives.
The book I am writing will be dedicated to my children. It is with them in mind that I find the strength to write it all down. The more I think about it I know I need to write some letters as well, some private thoughts just for them. I will make a point of doing that in the coming year.
How about you? Have you written a letter to your children?