I’m writing this letter so that you can read it when you’re a mature adult, and by that, I mean once you’ve graduated from college and experienced a couple of rough years in the work industry.
By that time, you’ll be done with your teenage drama and your college self-centeredness, and you’ll have finally joined the real world. It’s not that bad, I promise.
By then, you and I could become good friends (probably great friends, who knows). I’d love to tell you about some of the things that I like about being your mom, and about what I wish for your future self.
Now let’s start with the most obvious: writing a love letter is not my thing. Don’t expect me to do that. Ever. This is the closest I could get to writing an emotional motherly message.
Having said that, always get ready for receiving waves of hugs, kisses and cuddles. You’ve probably noticed by now that they never come individually, they do and always will come in waves and pour until you beg me to stop. I promise that by the time you turn into a mature adult, I will reduce the dosage (unless of course, you still want me to keep on going).
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I am very proud of being your mom. You’re a strong, independent and confident little girl. I hope to see you grow into an accomplished woman in the next 20 years. Please make sure to select a career that you love, so that you can enjoy yourself. The workplace is challenging enough, and if you add pinches of repulsion to it, life won’t be so fun.
I also hope that if you decide to date or marry a guy, you will never choose someone who’s called Joseph. That’s your father’s name and choosing a man with the same name would only boost your dad’s ego to places it’s never been before. Believe me, we don’t want that to happen.
But then, as we’re at it, if you do choose to have a long-term relationship with a man, I truly hope that you’ll find someone who is just like your dad, because he is great (ego aside). He is fun, he makes me laugh and we never get bored together.
Marriage has its challenges, but you can make it work if you are both willing. That’s why it’s important for you to choose a man that you can’t hate for longer than 10 minutes. Or else, you can come to me for support and we’ll hate him together.
I love seeing how strong you physically are. We can fully credit this strength to your dad, because since you were born, he’s introduced you to the basics of gymnastics. Today, at a much more advanced level, you two look like the perfect duo ready to perform at a live show. Sadly enough, I’m your only audience.
I can’t hide the fact that some of your performances make me scream. But as much as I hate some of them, that much you seem to love them. They make you laugh and that is music to my ears.
When you get happy, your face becomes rounded, your cheeks turn pink, and your eyes become so tiny that they look like two straight lines. I love that about you. I find it cute and I truly hope that you will keep up that smile and those laughs forever.
Kids see the best in everything, because they have experienced so little disappointment. While I’m aware that life will happen to you at one point (and that it’s healthy for you to experience some disappointments and grow out of them), I would like you to keep in mind something very important: laughter is the best medicine.
You’re doing great at it today, and I’d love you to keep excelling at it.
It’s the one way to get you on the right track. The best way to keep going when things go wrong.
Passions are great. They push us to achieve the best we can, and I can definitely find them in your big, bright eyes. I just hope that you’ll learn to find the right balance between your heart and mind, so that you can step back when needed and ponder well the big decisions that you’ll take in life.
And then, should you ever wish to take back one of those big decisions, because after some consideration, you may realize that they were not meant for you. We will be here to support you as needed.
Families are about communicating openly with one another, because we know that the other person will accept us just the way we are.
That, for me, is the biggest sign of love in a household. It is my legacy to you, and I hope that you will take it and share with your own kids one day.
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