I thought I would start my speech by addressing you as the “new” family of my daughter. But I think it would be inappropriate because now that she is married, you are “the family” for her. Believe me; I don’t have a problem with that. I, in fact, want my daughter to have “you” as her priority now. Its time for us to take a backseat in her life. We would happily accept it but would surely request one thing – please keep her happy!
Isbister remembers: “I didn’t want her to die being cold. So I lifted her out of her blanket and put her against my skin to warm her up. Her feet were so cold. It was the only cuddle I was going to have with her, so I wanted to remember the moment.” Then something remarkable happened.
As we come to the end of the day when we send the little ones to their beds, do we remember to also give them a goodnight kiss?
You will never have this day with your children again. tomorrow, they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Breathe and notice. Smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the Present. Enjoy today, Mama. it will be over before you know it.
To the women on my journey who showed me the ways to go and ways not to go, Whose strength and compassion held up a torch of light and beckoned me to follow, whose weakness and ignorance darkened the path and encouraged me to turn another way.
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