Posted by Marcia Beachy, MS, LPC, CCHT on January 30, 2014
James, my client, grew up in The Netherlands in the 1950s. His father was in diplomatic work and his mother, Teresa, was a full-time homemaker. His family prized intellectual pursuits, music and the arts. It was a stable time for the family and James and his siblings were strongly encouraged to perfect themselves and make their mark in the world.
After Teresa's death in 2013, when the children were cleaning out her home, the following letter was discovered in a kitchen cupboard.
It was written some years before her passing. James finds these reflections from his mother both poignant and touching.
Because she was a reserved person, seldom sharing her own feelings and thoughts, seeing her thoughts on paper has been profound for him. He says he experiences his mother in a new way and that he feels he knows her better now.
James translated the letter into English and agreed to have it shared in hopes it might be of benefit and inspiration to others.
What a gracious blessing Teresa left for her children--affirming her love and leaving them with her quiet guidance. It's never too early or too late to write such a letter. I am pausing to think about what I might say--and where I might leave it to be discovered...h-m-m-m...
What thoughts would you share with loved ones?