Monday, October 20, 2008
"read this when"
An article in the Sunday Times yesterday reminded me of something on my 'to do' list of recent months. The article interviewed Angelina Jolie, supermom, actor, humanitarian and not to mention 'the sexiest woman alive' (yes, I feel like an underachiever!). It was her comment at the end that punctuated my thoughts "Oh, yeah. I can do some things. You wait. You'll find out. I'm capable." She was speaking, in her head to her son, who as an adolescent is completely oblivious to her utterly cool resumé. And did I mention her better half isn't bad on the eyes either?! Point is, every once in a while it strikes me that my daughter might not actually know me. That said, I suppose I've never really known my own parents, at least in the light they see themselves. I am always pleasantly surprised to unravel a new piece of their fiber that humanizes them and impossibly makes me appreciate them more. A cyclical phenomenon that's worth reflection.
I laughed a bit when I perused the paper over coffee glancing at my little gal hopping around like a frog, or cricket, or cat pretending to be a frog...and I wondered what she'd think of me one day. On my 'to do' list has been a letter, a 'read this when' note that demonstrates my wishes and guidance, my past, my humor, my experience, my ideas, my heart. Real Simple Family put out a tear-jerker of an issue last August doing just this. Notes penned for specific milestones; 'to be read on your wedding day', 'to be read the first time I disappoint you', 'to be read the first time your heart is broken', 'to be read when your own baby isn't sleeping through the night'. Loaded with the flawed wisdom of parenthood and purest of intentions, these insights are personally profound. Food for thought in this busy list-making mini-world we create for ourselves. Pause, put pen to paper and give it a go, to your child, to your parent and indirectly to your self.
“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.” ~ Dostoyevsky
just found this here!