woensdag 23 oktober 2013

Een brief van een moeder voor haar dochter

Ik heb het ooit al eerder geschreven, dat je soms iets tegen komt wat je heel diep raakt. Dit gevoel had ik bij "an old woman's poem" en ik heb het nu weer bij "a letter from a mother to her daughter". En het raakt mij zo sterk dat ik het meteen met jullie wil delen.

Deze prachtige woorden, die mij echt tot tranen toe hebben geroerd, zijn geschreven door Guillermo Peña en vertaald in het Engels door Sergio Cadena. Ook de foto is genomen door de schrijver van deze ontroerende brief.



Foto gemaakt door Guillermo Peña














A Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter (door 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. “

Liefs Janneke

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