© 2020 HOLDING HOPE
DEAR MOTHER IN LAW
DEAR DAUGHTER IN LAW....
There once was a little boy that captured my heart. From the very first moment he was placed in my arms and his big blue eyes stared up into mine.
I held him there. So close.
He had this heart that was full of compassion. Always thinking of me. He would bring me flowers and write me love notes. I was the world to him. He would promise never to marry or move away.
And I held him there. So close.
As he grew, his compassion never waned. Sweet notes and cards. Thoughtfulness. He shared his dreams with me. His funny moments and his happiness.
Maybe, he mused, he would marry....
but live right next door.
He would never move....too far away.
And I tried to hold him there. So close.
But then one day he was asking for advice. His compassion and thoughtfulness shifted. Advice on what to write... to her.
Again I tried to hold him there. So close.
As he talked, I stared into the eyes of my little boy. My baby, now a man. He would marry her. He would live anywhere in the world if he could be with her,
because she was his world.
And I was not.
I could no longer hold him there, so close.
I had to let go.
She changed everything. She was his everything. His happiness. His life. She brought him joy just by being herself.
And she brought me joy because she was herself.
She wrote me notes filled with love. She shared their dreams with me, their days, their hopes, their heartaches and their happiness.
She shared their laughter with me.
She sent me pictures he didn’t know she took. She told me each time he spoke loving thoughts of home and mom.
She shared him.
And she allowed me to hold him close again. So close.
Remember the heart that held his first. That heard his first words of love. That taught him to walk and talk and be the man you love, the man you married.
Remember the heart that holds his now. That gives him joy and happiness. That loves him more than you ever could have hoped for. The woman he married.
and hold each other close.
Thank you Shannon. I love you 😘❤️