Motherhood

This Letter From A Single Mother To Her Son Is The Most Beautiful Thing We Have Read Today

   

An Indian leader, Rajneesh says, “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”

Such is the story of Philicia Baugh Pringle, a single mother of an 18-year old boy. Philicia read out letters she penned to her son through different stages of his life and it’s so powerful.

Her letter titled, “Love Always,” was shared by Goalpost and it’s the most beautiful piece you’ve ever read.

Read her love story below

I’m not the first teenager to get pregnant and I won’t be the last.

I had you before I had a driver’s license. I had you before I had dreams.

I had you before I had me. While I raised you, you raised me.

You knew me as soon as you saw me and fell in love with me as soon as I spoke

I could tell by the way your eyes wandered to follow my voice through the crowd.

You are sweet as honey and so amazing to me.

I’m only 16 and I’ve made some mistakes, but you, my love, I will never regret.

The world will treat us different. They will say I’m too young to be your mom.

None of this is true. This is our journey. It begins now.

No excuses, no shame, and most importantly, no looking back for us.

We made life work because we worked hard at being a family.

Dear boy, you better turn that radio down. I have finals this week and I need you to act right.

Now I heard about your troubles, so we need to sit and talk.

You’re angry inside and the things that are broken, a mother can’t fix.

I know it is hard not having your father around but as your mother, I will comfort you when you hurt,

Lend you my strength when you get weak, educate you and love you immensely.

All I ask is that you lead and never follow, that you love like you’ve never lost

And that you speak the truth all the days of your life.

Know that it’s okay to cry, and you’re never too old for your mama to hold.

I tell you I love you every day because so often, we see tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Recently, my mother told me I was the mother she always wanted to be

After I cried a little, my heart shifted to you.

You helped me make the single-parenting thing look easy, then secretly wipe away my tears when we know no one is looking.

You’ve always blossomed, no matter where I planted you.

I am the blessed me because I was blessed with the perfect you.

As your 18th birthday draws near, I stand to say, may you never go hungry, may you never be cold, I will always love you.

Watch her here

 

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