Picture: Bouquet Gift Circa 2008/2009

I went from having nothing burning in my heart to blog about to having too many options. I even contemplated a 3—for—one mini post to incorporate all the thoughts I had. On the list were: the value and importance of honoring your word; the joy of seeing and spending time with friends who have known you for years and you feel genuinely connected to; and the meaning of relax — what happens when we are instructed to relax all the while thinking that’s the very thing we were doing. But then I went to see “Sparkle” and was sold on a separate and prominent idea. I decided to write a letter …. One of which I will print and mail, but also wanted to share.

Dear You,

I could lie and say that I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write this letter. But the truth is I know exactly why: because it has taken me a little while to really, really appreciate all that you are and add to my life. We got off to a bumpy start. Distance didn’t make things easy. Couple that with me making some choices that you didn’t understand and you making some choices that I didn’t agree with — as if you needed my approval — and any relationship can be strained.

But yesterday as I sat in the theatre, I cried because I realized that your love is like no other I have ever known. You are the ONLY one who has loved me in spite of … As an adult you have stood by my side without judgment on every single decision I have made. Even when you didn’t understand or may not have agreed, you have encouraged me. During some of my lowest moments I still call on you and you are ALWAYS there. To know your love — to feel your love — is truly to know what it means to love someone unconditionally. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for encouraging me. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for being proud of me. Thank you for trying your best and giving your all even when I didn’t appreciate it. Thank you for loving me in spite of …  I finally realized I need to give you your flowers now.