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To My Daughters

I want you all to know that I am honored to have been blessed by God with three amazing, beautiful girls. I'm so proud to be your Mother. Each day I see you develop your talents and grow more and more. Always remember to share your gifts with those you meet. Your gifts are meant to be shared and never hidden. Hidden talents are ones that never flourish into the true blessings they can be. Never be ashamed of your gifts. God chose you to have those gifts for a reason that maybe we will never truly understand.

Each of you will go through so many challenges throughout your time here on Earth. Meet those challenges headstrong without a blink of the eye. Challenges are stepping stones to greatness. Many times you will get these stones thrown in your path by those who may desire to see you falter on your path. Leap over them proudly, knowing that they make you stronger for facing them. Women are oft times expected to fall and crumble. Show the world that we may falter and stumble..... But we do not fail. Failure is only a momentary stays. We learn, adapt, and overcome. That's what women do.

Always be the helping hand, smiling face, cheerful voice for all who may cross your path. Never shun or turn away anyone. Sometimes the neediest are the ones who may seem not to need anything. Sometimes the neediest come in shabby, unkempt packages. Blessings come when we bless others unconditionally.

Becoming a woman is a continuous process. We are always evolving, ever changing. It doesn't stop at a certain age. Our souls come to Earth and we grow, we learn, we shed our petals and sometimes may come near the end of our existence, but we evolve again into another bloom. Even after death, we linger on guiding and watching over our loved ones we left behind, and may even move on into another existence.
But always remember that a beautiful bloom needs nourishment. Nourish yourselves, never neglect "me time" . Many will depend on you and if you are not nourished, you will not be able to be their rock.

My Oldest, you are so much like me as a girl. So beautiful and smart and individual. But, as I did, you put everyone before yourself. Take time for yourself. Give yourself a chance to date, to laugh, to travel, to play and live. Youth goes so quickly and one day you will wake up and wish you had enjoyed your youth more. Beautiful child... Live!

Middle beauty, I wish I had the graceful dancer's talent and drive you have. You are so full of life and energy. You aren't afraid of seeming silly to others and if your heart desires to sing you do so. That is a true gift. Dance and sing as if there is no tomorrow.

Firecracker baby..... Big beautiful eyes so full of expression, a spirit of an untamed mustang . Always striving to stay up with the older ones to prove you can. Use this gift to show the world what women can do.

Always remember, my Daughters, that women can change the world, if we but put our hearts and energies to the task. Let the world hear your beautiful voices..... Help other women find their voices and bring them up with you becoming a perfect harmonious choir. I love you more than my life.

Mommy

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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lydiagcallano's picture

Poetic Mommy

I admire how poetically you have articulated your love and affection for your children. I wish I could write as good as you do.

In your profile, you have shared that you are struggling with depression and it has affected your husband but from your essay above, I see otherwise. I can see that the writer (you) is a woman of strength. With your iron will and positive outlook of womanhood, motherhood and life in general, you can rise anything that dampens your spirit. Just stop for a while and listen to yourself. You will discover how beautiful and valuable the person is in you. Smile, go out and shout to the world: "I AM HAPPY. I AM WANTED. I AM SPECIAL."

People say that this is a sad world and life is cruel. Don't listen to them because THIS WORLD IS BEAUTIFUL AND LIFE IS WORTH LIVING! It is just a matter of attitude and perception.

Cheerio!

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

Sangita Thapa's picture

beautiful!

You have so aptly and beautifully expressed your feelings. And yes, i too agree with Lydia in that your words are purely poetic creating rhythm and music of its own. Thank you for sharing this beautiful article dear. :)

jacollura's picture

Beautiful piece!

Beautiful piece!

chargerrose7's picture

Beautiful piece

Thank you . I'm glad it was well said. I worried about it

MissyRose

Susan K.A.'s picture

Thanks for sharing

Hello MissyRose,

I enjoyed reading the tribute to your daughters and am inspired by your love for them. I especially loved this paragraph:

"Always be the helping hand, smiling face, cheerful voice for all who may cross your path. Never shun or turn away anyone. Sometimes the neediest are the ones who may seem not to need anything. Sometimes the neediest come in shabby, unkempt packages. Blessings come when we bless others unconditionally."

Wise advice for all of us. Thank you!

With love,
Susan

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

chargerrose7's picture

Wise advice

Thank you. I'm glad it was good.

MissyRose

akaneko's picture

Thank you so much for sharing

Thank you so much for sharing these letters to your daughters! Your words are poetic and so touching - I hope that your girls have a chance to read this journal entry. You sound like a wonderful role model for them and the world is lucky to have such strong and loving women serving as role models for us all!

Alison

chargerrose7's picture

Message to my daughters

I'm so honored by your compliment. I hope daughters everywhere understand how great a blessing they are to this world.

MissyRose

LeenieT's picture

A True Supporter

Dear MissyRose,

It is so powerful to read a letter from a mother to her daughters that expresses such encouragement and support. You acknowledge that your daughters will face obstacles, yet infuse your letter with optimism that obstacles will not determine their fates. You express understanding, camaraderie, and compassion. Instead of prescribing to a power-differential between parents and children, your daughters will hopefully be at ease know that their mother is by their side, cheering them on, through thick and thin. How empowering!

Your letter is full of wisdom and strength, and I hope your daughters can help you in your journey to find peace within yourself.

All the best,

Lena

chargerrose7's picture

By their side cheering

Thank you so much. I hope they know how much I am cheering them on as well.

MissyRose

Nicole.Staudinger's picture

Gorgeous.

What a pleasure it was to read this post. I hope that you can use your talent with words to inspire and all daughters, not just your own, to fulfill their potentials and maintain hope through difficult times.

chargerrose7's picture

Inspire

I truly thank you for appreciating my post. I hope daughters everywhere can be inspired by all of us here. Our voices can reach them, we just need to seek them out.

MissyRose

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