Last night, during our usual bedtime routine, as I snuggled with each of my daughters I pulled out a journal I bought for them earlier in the day. It was chosen specifically for them, with encouraging quotes that I hope will inspire them. On the pages between I began a letter, written just for them, to each daughter her own. I retold their special birth story and how they were created specifically for our family. I detailed the joy they bring to those who have the pleasure of knowing them. I highlighted their unique and extraordinary gifts. I shared how truly blessed I feel to have been chosen to be their mother.
Writing letters comes from a place inside us that is authentic and vulnerable.
It is not always easy to share our inner-most thoughts with another person. I began these letters to my daughters because I want them to know what it is like to be their mother. I want to be able to express to them the honor and pride I feel, as well as how humbling an experience it is. We will have ups and we will have downs, and I will chronicle for them the journey. This is where the lessons are learned and we can pause to reflect even if just for a moment.
I encourage you to write letters to your children, to your spouse, to a sibling, to a parent. Writing helps us tell our stories and preserve the memories.
“One day you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.” – Anonymous