The Think Write Thursday prompt for February 9, 2017 is to write a love letter. It could be a letter to a person, an idea, a project, a dream, a wish, a relative, a famous person, an ancestor or anything (or anyone) else you can think of.
Even though it might be weird to write a love letter to you I’m doing it anyway. You see, a love letter at this time of year is a very Valentine’s Day thing to do and when I think of Valentine’s Day I think of you. You are the one who taught me, as far back as I can remember, that Valentine’s Day is about love. Any kind of love. All kinds of love. You certainly made me feel loved, not just because you gave me real presents on Valentine’s Day (although, that was pretty awesome and I still remember how much I loved that brown gingham nightgown you got me from Jordan Marsh when I was 12) but because you showed it in so many ways. You cooked my favorite foods. You listened to me and cheered me when I was sad. You took me to the library and taught me to love books and reading. You took care of me when I was sick and told me that I could be whatever I wanted to be. You were, in a nutshell, a very loving mom.
So, on this day, almost 19 years after you died, I want to say that I love you, I miss you, and I wish you were here. I want to tell you all about my life and job, how awesome Hannah is doing and how proud you would be of her. I want to show you all the stuff we have done to the house since you last saw it and I want to take you for a ride in my Mustang. I want to tell you that Doreen and I make cookies together every Christmas and we talk about you while we do it. I want to bake you a pie. And I want you to show me how to make fried chicken like you did because, while mine is good, it’s just not as good as yours.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mom. Thanks for teaching me the meaning of love and thanks for showing me all of the best ways to share that love with others.
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