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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

In The Blink Of An Eye

Dear Lucas,

It's hard to imagine you as a teenager when you are currently in diapers, learning your colors, letters and numbers, trying to ween off the bottle, temper your temper tantrums and are about to begin potty training (God help me!).

But, in the blink of an eye, you'll be there: adolescence. I am so excited for you and all the wonderful things you are about to experience.

You are a delightful toddler and bring so much joy my life. Although we have had our struggles, our bond is strong in large part, I'd like to think, because I let you be your own person. It took a while, but I soon realized that you needed your independence in order to thrive. You have had a strong disposition and character from the moment you were born and both have earned my respect. I hope we always have this comfortable unspoken understanding and that we remain close.

I also hope that you are as sweet today as you were when you were small; that you smile and greet strangers, are polite, kind and considerate and that you never lose your sense of curiosity.

You are in such an amazing time of your life; not quite an adult and no longer a child. You are growing physically and emotionally, so be patient with yourself because being a teenager can be confusing, frustrating and stressful, but also a whole lot of fun! In other words, don't be afraid to get into trouble every now and then, just no collect calls from jail, please.

No matter what you are going through, your dad and I will always be here to answer any questions you may have and we will do it openly and honestly, with only your best interests at heart. Come to us with anything, day or night. Just know that sometimes the advice we offer, you won't want to hear. Try to trust us, we were teenagers once too.

The friends you make and the experiences you are having right now will shape your future. Think twice about the decisions you are faced with, seek advice when needed and along the way, explore, enjoy and endure. It goes by so fast.

Please remember how important family is and that we want to be there for all your highs and lows. For as long as I live, or as long as you'll let me, I will support you, clothe you, feed you and be your biggest cheerleader, no matter what you do.

I love you more than words can express. Today and always.

Love,
Mom

This post is for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop: Prompt 4.) A letter to your future teen.

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15 Comments:

Blogger mjrodriguez said...

Aaaw, sweet! Truer words were never spoken.

February 2, 2011 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Mommy Lisa said...

Awww. You were nicer than I was.

February 3, 2011 at 4:41 AM  
OpenID momwentcrazy.com said...

What a sweet letter. He is going to enjoy reading it when he's older. Maybe not a teenager, because they don't appreciate anything, but maybe when he has his own kids!

February 3, 2011 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

lovely letter. I hope he gets to actually read it someday :)

LOL, give him another year and you will think he is ALREADY a teen! Or maybe this only happens with girls...my 4.5yo is SUCH a drama queen, you'd think she was actually 15 or something

Visiting from Mama Kat's

February 3, 2011 at 6:13 AM  
Anonymous Elena @NaynaDub said...

Such a sweet letter! I'm sure he will love reading this someday!

February 3, 2011 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

That was very sweet. It is hard to imagine them so old when they are still so little! They grow up so fast!

February 3, 2011 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

very sweet! my favorite part: I also hope that you are as sweet today as you were when you were small; that you smile and greet strangers, are polite, kind and considerate and that you never lose your sense of curiosity.

i feel the same way about my little girl!

February 3, 2011 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Thank you for articulating the same hopes I have for both Olivia and Christian. And forgive me if bits of this get plagiarized in about 11 years or so :) Well done lady!

February 3, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger The Random Blogette said...

This was so beautiful and so nice. I don't think that my letter would be as nice to my son or my daughter! It would be more like Son- I hope you grow some balls and Daughter-I hope that you are less of a Diva!

February 3, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks for stopping by my site :) I love this letter...so true! Of course, by the time they read our letters, they wont' want to hear what we have to say. Glad I found your blog!

February 3, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

Did you say he's potty training? is he even two yet? Wow!

I'm impressed!

It was a very sweet letter.

February 3, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Oh, Tonya....so sweet! And I'm picturing it backwards, remembering the little boy my teen once was.

This is perfect and I always love your honesty and openess.

February 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

He's potty training? Isn't he younger than my kid? I'm impressed!

February 4, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

What a wonderful letter! I cannot wait till you give this to him when he finally is a teenager. We have so much to look forward to. : )

February 4, 2011 at 8:51 PM  
OpenID mamarobinj said...

What a beautiful letter. I try to imagine my son as a teenager and have such a tough time, but I love all the qualities you've expressed. What a great thing to hope for your child.

February 8, 2011 at 12:40 PM  

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