Saturday, January 12, 2013

I promise, Mom. I will be patient

When I saw that my Mom had re-posted the following on Facebook, I had to immediately call her and tell her, "I promise, Mom. I will be patient." Then, in true ass-of-a-daughter form, I brought up an incident (of which she knew well), and said "I've been practicing for years." She laughed... Gosh, I love her laugh.

Source : AARP on Facebook

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.

Original text in Spanish and photo by Guillermo Peña.
Translation to English by Sergio Cadena

This reminds me of a children's picture book she gave me after I had babies titled Love You Forever. It's a fantastic book that makes me teary every time I read it. It's written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw. (spoilers ahead) The story opens with a Mama holding her baby and singing:
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be."
Even through his teenage years, she never stopped singing...
The son picks up where she left off when she can't anymore.

Lots of love,


  1. Replies
    1. It would be a great treasure for you and Baby Whimsy :)
      Thanks for coming by, Juju. It's always great to see you.

  2. What a beautiful post! It made me all teary. When I was in college my mom bought me the book Love You Forever! It is so sweet and so is the message of this post. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. :*) Lovely!

    I adore Love You Forever and it never fails to choke me up!

    1. I know exactly what you mean! Thank you for coming by, Jennifer.


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