#JusJoJan prompt the 11th – “Letter” (Fact)

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© willowdot21

Dear Mum  and Dad

I don’t think I ever made  it clear enough  how I appreciated exactly  what  you did  for me. It is only  now  as a parent and grandparent that I see  what  you must of  gone  through.

Nine   children  you had, nine, you lost  three  but  that was never  your  fault. How  did  you cope  Mum it must of been hard, and Dad  worse  for you because in those days  grieving  was not  the done thing. I lost  three babies too, but early, in pregnancy. I could not openly  grieve  either  but  you knew  you silently  gave me strength.

How  did  you cope  Mum and Dad  how  did  you balance  help  and interference , how  come  you never  ended not  talking  to each other or to any of us.

Now  look see,  you have both  been gone so long  and I miss  you  both so. I need  you here  to give  me  the strength , kindness  and love. See  even now I am asking for  your  help. I am  so selfish, I was  so angry  when you died  Mum  because  you were not there  to talk to  me and  help  me, do you know  it took me 7yrs  to accept  that  you had really  gone.

Who  helped you, did  anyone  or did  you have to struggle  through learning haphazardly! You  no  doubt  had  to and  that is  why  you were  both such  helpful parents. I am amazed  at  the sacrifices  you  must  of  made  to  keep us in  clothes, shoes  and food.

Dad worked as a  body maker  for London Transport upholstering seats on the Tubes and buses! Off to work at  5am and home at  5pm for dinner 6pm the BBC News … silence  reined!

Mum you loved Wimbledon, when we finally got a TV you watched the tennis for the entire fortnight….the only change from tennis was the news for dad…..and it was salade for tea for the entire fortnight.

I miss you both very much even though you have been so long, I still feel your presence and I will always be grateful for all that you did for me.

Well I shall close  now  and  tell you  that  you gave  me lots of  love and  good advice and  support. I really  hope  that  you were both as proud of  me as you were the others.

I miss  you  and I love  you !

willow xxxxxxxx

This is part of LindaGHill’s Jusjojan.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 12:42:02

    What a wonderful letter 🥰

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  2. noelleg44
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 13:35:54

    Wonderful letter. I am blessed by a daughter who has told me many times how lucky she is to be mine and how much she appreciates what her dad and I went through! My son? Not so much, but he’s a boy. I am sure you told them often and I can see your love.

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    • willowdot21
      Jan 11, 2021 @ 13:58:31

      Thank you Noelle, I am glad your daughter tells you how she appreciates you. I have three boys they do tell us appreciate us but boys don’t say too much do they.
      I do miss my parents.💜💜💜

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  3. tesscol
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 14:39:45

    What more is there to be said? I sometimes wish we had been able to talk more with them.
    I was truly blessed having Mum to help look after our first two boys so that I could help with finances by going back to work.
    AS the family grew Mum and Dad were always supportive.
    When we returned from Australia they opened up their home to us all and helped us get on our feet again.

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    • willowdot21
      Jan 11, 2021 @ 15:22:17

      Yes, they were truly great parents. They were always there with practical help and wise words. ….I really miss them dreadfully.💜 Thank you for reading 💜

      Reply

  4. Jane Dougherty
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 15:31:58

    We never said the things we should have, did we?

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  5. cordeliasmom2012
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 16:14:00

    That’s a lovely tribute, Willow. We never truly understand how our parents struggled until we have to do it ourselves. My own grown daughters are just now coming to me and saying things like, “How did you ever manage?” At least they’ve managed to acknowledge my efforts before I’ve died; normally that’s not the case. I never acknowledged my mother’s struggles, and years later I wish I had.

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    • willowdot21
      Jan 11, 2021 @ 16:55:35

      Our mothers and fathers do so much for us and as you say we do not realise this sometimes it is too late. I wish I had a knowledged them more. I am glad your daughter’s have spoken to you of their gratitude. Stay safe.💜💜💜

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  6. Dora
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 17:45:47

    Oh, I love this! Many times I wish I had said what I long to say to my parents now.

    Reply

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