This is a letter I sent to my daughter today. She is nine years old and she has been at overnight camp for three weeks. It is a love letter. It is un-edited.
Hi Lil T-Bone! I love you! I had the best day with you, my little angel. I am so proud of you. You are such a joy to be with. You are so mature and elegant, kind and wise, and you have a beautiful calm-ness about you. I hope this makes sense to you. I am saying how much I admire you. I am so proud and grateful to be your mom. Thank you for choosing me. I learn so much from you, and I see such tremendous growth in the little time we have spent apart. It takes a lot of courage to go to overnight camp at nine years old, and you my darling are courageous! I hope you have an idea of how proud I am to be your mom. You are such a delight. You are kind and generous and lovely, and I am so lucky to have you. You are so very special and just when I think I can’t possibly love you more than I already do…I love you more! I admire you. Today was a magnificent day for me as your mom. I had the chance to see who you really are. You have not been under my wing for three weeks, and on your own you have made outstanding choices, and I am so full of joy and admiration. You are adventurous and strong, full of life and love, and I am so proud of who you are…all on your own. It’s a big deal to let set your child free and let her grow wings…and I am so glad that Daddy and I were able to give you this gift and experience. I love you so much, my little angel, and I am so proud of who you are. You make me smile and fill my heart with endless joy. YOu are a magnificent gift to this world, and what an honor it is to have YOU as my child. One day you will understand the deep love a parent feels for a child. YOu have magnified it a zillion times! I love you Talia Ilyse Evans. You are always in my heart, and I will see you super soon! Please enjoy every minute of this magnificent journey. I admire your courage and adventurous spirit! I will see you so soon, my love! Please know this experience is a gift for your soul. I LOVED every minute of your company today, and I especially love watching you grow up. ALL MY LOVE FOREVER, Mommy –I am ALWAYS with you, my darling angel. By the way, I will send all the things you requested as soon as possible. Please keep your letters coming, and I will do the same! YOU are a bundle of JOY! xoxoxo