Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dear Daughters: You Didn’t

Papa and His Girls
Our daughters and my father (Papa), 1984.

Dear Daughters,

You ‘came by it honest’ as Papa would say.

This new year’s business of planning and sometimes thinking you have been doing things all wrong the

previous year may have been learned at my knee.

So here is what I know.

You didn’t.

You didn’t do everything in a way in 2015 that needs to be changed or improved this new year of 2016.

You walked tall, suited up and showed up for work and life and family, and juggled as many balls in the

air as you could manage.

You laughed and cried and sat on the front row of a funeral, when all you wanted was to be was a little girl


You were gracious and understanding and you greeted people and you ran interference for me, when all I

wanted to be was a little girl again.

So here is what we are going to do in 2016.

We are going to do everything we did in 2015.

I love you.

Call me!

Love, Mom


Stacey said...

Encouraging and heartfelt. Sending hugs your way, Laura.

Sarah said...

Laura, this is beautiful. I love these notes to your daughters. They always make me smile and reflect, but this one also made me cry. Reading between the lines I realized that you lost someone very dear. I'm sad for this loss. Take care, dear friend and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
All the best as we begin this new year.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Life goes on, doesn't it Laura? No matter our heartache, it just keeps right on going, and so do we, somehow.

Happy New Year to you and yours. I pray it's a blessed one.

C-ingspots said...

Thank you for these beautiful thoughts Laura. It's so reassuring to hear that there is no need for guilt, or second guessing what has already taken place. In each and every moment, all any of us can really do; is our best. And that's good enough. Holidays always bring out the emotions, the memories of those we love, and those we have lost. Wouldn't that just be the greatest gift, if we could even for one tiny amount of time, revert that that little girl and relax in the knowing that our loving moms and dads are taking care of everything? And taking care of us? If only... I love this post. Big hugs to you from someone who understands. Your girls are blessed.

Terra said...

Sweet thoughts and mom note.

It's Just Dottie said...

All my life I heard people say that when you lost someone you really didn't lose them if you knew where they were. I never could understand what they meant until I lost my husband and then I understood .He was not lost. I know where he is....

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

So precious and so perfect

Lucy@heart and hearth said...

Dear Laura, I found your blog recently and fell in love! :)
I love this anecdote...just love...Lucy~

Laurie said...

Love your notes to your daughters, Laura!

Connie said...

I know that feeling....of just wanting to be a little girl again & be in their loving arms. This was a beautiful note to your daughters.

Michelle said...

Wonderful words for your girls. Nothing quite like having a daughter.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A beautiful message to your daughters. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Red Rose Alley said...

Laura, this post hit home for me and was so special, as I have two daughters myself. Thank you for following us at Red Rose Alley. You have such a lovely blog, and I look forward to more of your delightful posts this year. I'm off to visit your post, A Red Christmas, as I love splashes of red at Christmas and also in the kitchen. :)


Red Rose Alley said...

ps I noticed you are a retired high school English teacher. My daughter, Nel, teaches freshmen college English, and recently received her Ph.D. She works in administration right now, but wants to get back to teaching again, as she loves it. I bet you two would get along so well.

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm saddened and relieved. Your daughters will be fine with your sage words.

Love to you,

Jane x

Creations By Cindy said...

You amaze me at how you share with such depth of heart. I am encouraged. Hugs and blessings to you Laura. Cindy

Pura Vida said...

sweet sweet sweet...so simple elegant and sweet!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

So wonderful.
Continue to heal.
Keep moving forward.
I like all that.
blessings for the new year.

Amy at love made my home said...

What a wonderful message to your daughters. I hope that 2016 will be a good year for you all and bring many happy times. xx

trash talk said...

That beautiful heart of yours? You came by it honest. And from one who has also sat in that front row---I love you.

Lisa said...

This was so sweet! You are a great mom who speaks great truths into her daughters lives. Blessings in 2016!


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