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Another Mother’s Day

Originally publish on May 10, 2010 When I think of myself as a mother I think of myself as a daughter.  Mom died 12 years ago today. In the last years of her life we had forged a bond of reciprocal love. But in many ways, I missed having a mother.  I can’t remember a time in my childhood when my mother singled me out to be her daughter in a special and loving way. There were times I felt desperate for her love.  To me, her lack of “motherly” love translated to my own unworthiness. It was strange because Mom specialized in children.  We had one foster child after another who required time and attention.  My little sister was born and was cherished.  As I grew older, the foster children grew younger and my mother’s adoration for each … [Read More...]

Life, Love and Parenting

What do you REALLY think, Mother?

Originally published Mother’s Day,2012. NOTE: For those of you looking for Mother’s Day Letters, just check under form letters or press the tag for “Mother’s Day”. I’ve never quite grasped the true meaning of Mother’s Day.  Although it’s an interesting concept. Is it like Labor Day…but a day off for Mothers? Is it a training […]

Gratitude and Joy

Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy.  Meredith Grey But I think it does. My son and I were discussing joy yesterday. How do we put joy in our life? How do we identify what gives us joy? One way, I think, is by presence in a moment of our lives and having gratitude […]

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To My Little Sister

Dear Sister: What have you been to me? A baby who disrupted excruciatingly long road trips to visit family in Indiana. A bratty three-year-old who manifested all of the behavior of a child born late in a troubled marriage. An alien pre-adolescent who lived with and in the shadow of my mother and so sometimes […]

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FORM LETTERS

Welcome to My World of Letters

Many of you are looking for a specific letter for ideas to help you write to someone you love. You are welcome to take what you need from this site for your personal use. But here’s the deal. You can do it yourself.  Go to the top of the main blog page or click here […]

…on Being Your Mother (on Mother’s Day)

NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own.  An additional letter child to a mother is filed under that category. Dear Child of Mine, Life changed in the […]

…on Worrying about Your Children

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Corrie Ten Boom Dear Parent, Don’t waste your precious moments with your son. Stop a moment and look at him. Treasure him. Be grateful. It’s difficult growing up in a “successful” family. Everywhere one looks one sees certainty, solidity and pretty […]

21 Years and Counting

It’s your birthday, dear grandson. You are 21 years old. Incredible! How did it happen so fast? The round-faced sunny boy has transformed. Your handsome face is chiseled. Your strength is visible in your well-formed muscles and your solid presence. One needn’t know your age to recognize that you are a man. I have never […]

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What do you REALLY think, Mother?

Originally published Mother’s Day,2012. NOTE: For those of you looking for Mother’s Day Letters, just check under form letters or press the tag for “Mother’s Day”. I’ve never quite grasped the true meaning of Mother’s Day.  Although it’s an interesting concept. Is it like Labor Day…but a day off for Mothers? Is it a training […]

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