May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

This wonderful letter and photo has been all over the internet and for the life of me I can't find the author and photographer to give them credit. If someone knows who wrote it please let me know. It found it's way to me from the wonderful photographer Robyn Ivy and is just so timely, because as many of you know, my dear, dear 90 year old mother is now my neighbor.

I look forward to sharing it with her on Sunday.

Happy Mother's Day to you all, especially to you mama.

Mother's Day 2011

               A  Letter from a Mother to a Daughter

"My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way... remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day... the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad... just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you... my darling daughter. "


  1. This may have been all over the internet, but it's the first time I've seen it. How beautiful! ...Always the journey. Thank you so much! :)

  2. grt post..i dont want to rewrite all of it so,i am copying a part..hope you wont mind

  3. Apples and trees.

    Happy Mother's Day.

  4. Always the journey is right! So perfectly said, two wordy. Naman I am happy to have you copy it. I have since heard it was written by someone at spring in the and there is apparently a video coming about out about the writer. Thank you to Rachel for this info! And KB, I hope you have a nice mother's day too and that you get out of the kitchen!