My Dear Girl,
The day you see I’m getting older, please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.
If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, do not interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago” … Just listen, please. Try to remember the moments when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.
If I do not want to take a bath, do not be angry and do not embarrass me. Do you remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?
And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked.
When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and do not look at me that way … remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.
If I sometimes lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can not, do not be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.
And if my tired old legs do not make me move as fast as before, give me your hand the same way I gave it to mine the first time.
When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love.
I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter.