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The Important Things in Life
To My Daughter, with Love


                                       A parent tries to provide their daughter
                                       with insight into the important things in life
                                       in order to make her life
                                      as happy and fulfilling as possible

                                       A parent tries to teach their daughter
                                       to be good, always helpful to other people
                                       to be fair, always treating others equally
                                       to have a positive attitude at all times
                                       to always make things right even
                                       when they are wrong
                                       to know herself very well
                                       to know what her talents are
                                       to set goals for herself
                                       to not be afraid of working too hard
                                      to reach her goals . . .
 

                A parent tries to teach their daughter
                to have many interests to pursue
                to laugh and have fun every day
                to appreciate the beauty of nature
                to enter into friendships with good people
                to honor their friendships and always be a true friend
                to appreciate the importance of the family
                and to particularly respect and love our elder members
                to use her intelligence at all times
                to listen to her emotions
                to adhere to her values

                A parent tries to teach their daughter
                to not be afraid to stick to her beliefs
                to not follow the majority when the majority is wrong
                to carefully plan a life for herself
                to vigorously follow her chosen path
                to enter into a relationship with someone worthy of herself
                to love this person unconditionally with her body and mind
                to share all that she has learned in life with this person . . .
                If I have provided you with an insight
                into most of these things
                then I have succeeded
                as a parent
                in what I hoped to accomplish in raising you
                If many of these things slipped by
                while we were all so busy
                I have a feeling that you know them anyway
                One thing I am sure of, though
                I have taught you to be proud of the fact
                that you are a woman equal to all men and
                I have loved you every second of your life
                I have supported you at all times
                as a parent, as a person, and as a friend
                even during the times you thought I wasn't there for you.
 
               You have become a young woman I am very proud to call
               "my daughter" and even in the worst of times, somehow
                you understood the things I tried to teach you .
                You are the proudest accomplishment of my life.
                Nothing I do in this life will ever compare to the
                joy of having you as my child.
 
 

 I will always continue to cherish and love
 everything about you my beautiful daughter

Love to you,
Mom