To my darling boy
You said you were the only one in the school without a Valentine.
This is your first year of being a teenager and all that angst sets in from time to time.
You may not have a Valentine but you will never be without love.
This week I have struggled.
When I feel down, I behave in a less than ideal way. I focus too much on me and not enough on my children or husband. I get irritable and angry. I want to be alone.
Through it all, you are the one who understands me best.
You remind me that you love me. You tell me I am good enough. You tell me if we stick together we can get through anything.
A highlight of a very challenging week was you and I going to see the film about Nelson Mandela.
You were the only child in the place.
It was a long film but you watched, listened and learned. You had your view too both of the events portrayed and of the quality of the film.
When you were a baby you had a play nest with a crackly sunshine toy that played “You are my Sunshine”
You still are even when the clouds cross my sky.
I thank you for that and I love you so very much.
Twice this week, I have sent you on errands and you have returned having donated to charity.
I love the idea of the collectors being surprised at a 13 year old digging deep to help others.
You are a very special boy.
Let’s keep counting on each other.