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?

3 thoughts to “Mothering

  • Nikki @ Euphoria Luv

    I started the dear kid sat letter I post on my blog. I like the idea and hope to keep it up either on the blog or in private.

  • Beth G.

    Since my girls came home from Ethiopia 5 yrs. ago, I have written them letters in journal books that I will give them when they are teens. I figured that I wanted them to know my thrills, joys, challenges & frustrations as a mom, but also want them to know how much I cherish them each moment. I planned on one each month, but it’s slowed a bit as life has quickened its pace. It sure makes me see the happiness in every moment, good and bad.

  • Keya

    No I haven’t, but that’s a good idea.

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