Just like every mother, I too have a lot to say to my daughter. But before I say anything else, I want to share the first promise that I made to myself, when I saw her. I told myself, come what may, I will always be her mother.
I don’t want my daughter to be over educated, immensely rich, extremely obedient or even a doting wife. No. I simply wish to guide her to use her knowledge well and judge people wisely. I want her to follow the right path. I want to teach her how to protect herself from the harsh realities of the world, just the way a body protects its soul from the world outside. Just the way an alert mind secures the sensitive emotions of the heart.
As a mother, I want to tell my daughter to always help others, but to remember to take care of herself and her dear ones too.
When she grows up and marries the love of her life, I wish to make her aware of her mother-in-law’s feelings too — the feelings of a woman who would be blessing her with her own life’s happiness; her world, her son. I wish my daughter is sensitive to her feelings, for that mother would want her to take care of her son, as she herself did throughout her life.
I hope my daughter understands that just like it won’t be easy for me to part with her after her marriage, similarly it won’t be easy for another mother to share her son, either.
When my daughter grows up to become a mother herself, I wish she enjoys the joys of motherhood and understands what being a mother truly means. I hope she understands that she has been blessed with a chance to live life, again, through a new life – her child. I wish to teach her to value life and see its beauty in every aspect. I hope she never stops being alive to the wonder that her life is, and never stops being grateful for this one life that she got.
There’s no end to the many wishes that a mother wants to bestow upon her daughter, but through this letter, I hope to tell my daughter to lead a happy life and spread happiness wherever she goes, whatever she does.