A Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter

Sometimes you see something on social media that really moves you.  This is one of those pieces… You can find it here and there (on the internet) and on Facebook, but if you haven’t read it yet- it’s more than worth it.  These moving words are reportedly penned by Guillermo Peña, and translated to English by Sergio Cadena.  The photo is also reportedly taken by Mr. Peña.  Enjoy!
A letter from a Mother to her Daughter | photo by Guillermo Peña

A Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter (by Guillermo Peña)

“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

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  1. Mary Kay McKay says

    I could not have seen this at a better time and I sent it to my sister as well. Our mom has been sick in a hospital and now nursing home for over 7 weeks and her mind seems altered and it’s so sad to watch.
    Thank you for this. I am saving a copy on my phine, my personal laptop and sent it to my work email, so I can have it close to me to read over and over again.

    • says

      So glad to hear Mary Kay – It is very touching indeed! Also if you’re into a bit of inspirational writing, my husband’s great grandmother wrote a wonderful ode to America after coming across from Germany (via Ellis Island). It’s called “Memoire” and you can find it here: “Memoire” by Kate M. Gehrke.

  2. Lynda Lowery says

    To my children:

    We who enjoy the luxury of nearness enter the many stages of aging together because that’s part of life for the living who love one another. From infancy to eternity we are knit together emotionally, imperfectly, instinctively, biologically, and intricately. Separated often, reunited frequently only to learn to accept our many differences and to discover that we are not one but are two, only as successful as we have been taught, trained, allowed to be, conditioned by our life lessons, observations,or thoughts of love and what is real love? You are still alive and near because you are loved, and I pray that you love me enough to appreciate that understanding.

    own thoughts.

    In each heart snd mind there are spaces which get filled, remembered or forgotten

    • says

      Totally agree Liz :) But it does make you think… and Thinking about these issues has the potential to make us all better. If we’re lucky, we’ll be there one day!

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