Friday, February 6, 2009

a vision softly creeping

I received a letter from my mother yesterday. I will keep most of its contents to myself, but feel the desire to share a line that I found tragically poignant and exceptionally beautiful all at once. It read: "Please be gentle when you evaluate my life, for life has had many different seasons."

Although the full weight of that statement may not be understood to anyone but her and I, I think it is nevertheless something worth sharing here - if only because we could all use a reminder to be gentle with others.

Because I know you read this, because you will see this before I am able to return a letter, and because it needs to be said; I love you. The pieces of me that come from you are not, as I fear you believe them to be, weaknesses, but unbelievable strengths. When I evaluate your life I see at once a mother and a woman, both of whom inspire me beyond words. It is because of your life that I am able to be gentle, it is because of you that I am anything at all.


katie said...

That was beautiful.
Without a doubt my mother is the person I love most in the world. I'm always so glad when people tell me I'm like her. She's the best.

Ashlyn Alyce said...

I'd like to put this on a card and give it to my mom for mother's day... or just any day, really.

c. said...

Steve, this is wonderful.
Thank you, for sharing.

(You are a gentle person, and my life is better for having the pleasure of knowing you.)