Recently I went through the letters that my mom wrote to me while I was away at school. My mom and I were very close, even though I have to admit that I sometimes treated her horribly during my teenage years. But you couldn't tell from those letters. She wrote about the good times she remembered before I left for school and how much she missed me. I could almost hear her voice while going through these letters. Each of her letters starts with a beautiful greeting and her special name that she had just for me.
There are many more letters that I received from my mom over the years, but these ones touched me in a very special way. In simple words she mentioned what we had done together, our little quirky gestures and sayings that only both of us understood and were like a secret bond between us. I had almost forgotten some of these and it was heartwarming to be reminded of them again.
My mom passed away five years ago. There aren't many letters left from the last 15 years of her life because we had talked more on the phone. After my daughter was born I had no time for writing letters. Instead I made sure that my little girl and her grandparents saw each other as often as possible. That became very difficult when we moved to the States and always involved long, exhausting flights with ridiculously long waits in airports.
I feel so blessed to have these letters that were written as a loving mom to her youngest daughter. Eventually they will be passed along to my daughter when she will be grown up and can understand the treasure of these written words. Handwritten letters to and from loved ones are so powerful and even more treasured in our computerized age.
I think I go and write a letter to my favorite girl.