To My Son,
With your birth, I joined the universe of women who are mothers. I now know what it feels like to have a bond which is so much a part of my being, that I almost cannot remember my life without it. On this Mother’s Day, my thoughts are with mothers who cannot be with their sons and daughters – because they are at war, in jail, in a hospital room or have passed on. I also think of mothers who do not have enough food to feed their children because of famine and poverty.
I want you to know that you are lucky, to be born in this age, at this time, to these parents. With that comes great responsibility to yourself, to your fellow man and to this earth.
I want you to know that truth is the ideal I hold most dear. That you must be true, most of all to yourself, no matter what the cost. That being able to look yourself in the mirror each day is measure of your character.
I want you to respect everyone you encounter. In addition to being the right thing to do, absolute respect of all around you can light your path with goodwill, something that cannot be bought or bartered.
I want you to understand that joy is entirely in your control. While you will most certainly face adversity, your attitude will determine the quality of your journey.
I want you to know that your mind and body are one. Either by itself is incomplete and balance is understanding and nourishing both.
I want you to know the joy of learning new things all the time. Knowledge is one of the few things that cannot be taken away from you.
I want you to know that a core value your father and I share, is to persevere in the face of frustration and hardship. To be the ‘last man standing’ and stay the course you believe in it, even as others abandon it.
I want you to have faith in God, and in the goodness of the universe. Sometimes, faith is all you have.
I want you to know peace from accepting what is.
I know I have to live a life that embodies these values for you to accept them and to talk to you about them every chance I get. I accept this responsibility to partner with you in being a human being that will make our world better. To me this is the highest ideal of love.