a love letter

Dear mom,

Look at you!  So young and beautiful.  I love this photo, that smile, those glasses!  I wanted to be a mommy, just like you.

Remember when I was the new mom?  Sometimes you would say that you didn’t know how I did it.  I had two children.  You had five!  You were so encouraging, my biggest fan.

Even in those last years when the Alzheimer monster was gobbling up your memory, you always greeted me with such love.  People would ask, “Does she know who you are?”   Taylor had the best answer.  “She might not be able to name us but she knows we are people she loves.”  We are people you loved.  And that made us people who could love others.  That was your gift to us mom.

I want to be just like you mom.  I want to love our daughters with the same unconditional love you showered on me.  I want to be a gramma like you were, loving, nurturing, memory making, always there, just on the edge, never needing to be the center of attention.

I love you mom.  You are forever in my heart. 


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Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

10 thoughts on “a love letter

  1. Absolutely beautiful, especially your line about wanting to be just like your mother and give unconditional love. I bet you are like your mom and give much of yourself to people you love.

  2. Beautiful, Juliann. Unconditional love is such a wonderful gift. I know your mom is enjoying every moment of watching you become the kind of gramma she was!

  3. What a beautiful letter. My heart is still raw … from losing my own Mom just a few months ago. It makes me love and appreciate your letter even more. We were so lucky …. to have had Moms to show us the way, with love. Lots of love. XO

  4. what a lovely and heartwarming post. I love reading Jann Arden’s posts on FB. Her mother has Alzheimer’s and Jann is such a beautiful person to her mom as they travel this sad journey. Not often that a celebrity is so real — I usually totally avoid celebrities. But a friend suggested I read a few of Jann’s posts and she’s so loving and understanding that I can’t help but check out the occasion post. Just as you have written this beautiful letter to your mom.

  5. Well I’m quite partial to your mothering skills! I’m excited tohabe you two as role models for me to look up to! and what fun it is to be learning my new role of mama alongside you as you navigate becoming a gramma 🙂

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