Letter from a mother to her daughter


Letter from a Mother to her 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.


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

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  1. Hey R DUB, next time you share something brilliant like this Mother’s Day letter, you might want to mention where you got it from. The original post came from a Facebook page called Spring in the Air. They are a rose grower and posted this letter which was translated into English by their president Sergio Cadena. It deeply touched me and my whole family so we did the research and found out where it came from. Mr Cadena was generous with everyone out there and simply shared this post with the world when he could have charged for it. It can be found in his web page http://www.springintheair.com where he sells the beautiful roses he grows in South America.

    It’s important that we keep the internet and our blogs a wonderful place to share stuff without others taking credit for it. How about giving http://www.springintheair.com some publicity in your radio station to make up for taking credit for this post?
    Any thoughts, RDUB?

    • Thank you so much for this! I first received this writing via a facebook post with no author credit and could not locate the source when I searched for it online. I have since updated the post to credit Mr. Cadena. I appreciate the note!

  2. Omg that just made me shed a couple of tears . The picture alone is heart warming and beautiful . The most powerful and meaningful passage I’ve read today.

  3. THANK YOU for making me cry on a Tuesday morning all by myself. No really, THANK YOU! This was such a touching reminder of how life comes full circle and we need to give back the love we were unconditionally given.

  4. This was just amazing!! Very powerful and makes me realize how much my mom will need me, the way I needed her when I was just a little girl. <3

  5. This was great! Thanks for sharing although it made me cry because just today me and my mother were taking about some of these very same things. She would tell me ” give me a break I’m getting old” but nobody wants to accept your mom I not at her prime age like se was at some of those precious moments in your life. Mothers are the most precious of people, enjoy any and all moments you have with her all the way til her very last day, as a mom that’s all I would need to keep me happy, just time with my children! Thanks again for sharing this wonderful letter 🙂

  6. Wonderful post thanks for sharing it with us. It hit home, right in the heart!

  7. this has touched me. made me shed a tear because im an only child and my mom wants me to put her ina home when she gets older but i refuse to.

  8. This is powerful and as much as I want to, I can’t stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks.

  9. As a caregiver to a mom suffering from dimentia, this hit my heart rather hard. When one is soooo deep in these tough moments it is so important to remember what is brought to light in this letter.

    Remember these words for you too may be here some day and will need the same. We all get old !!! Share with your children now.

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