"My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be
patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.
If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to
say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”... Just listen, please. Try to
remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night
after night until you would fall asleep.
When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me.
Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to
take a shower when you were just a girl?
When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the
time to learn and don’t look at me that way... remember, honey, I patiently
taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed,
combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day... the day you see
I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to
understand what I’m going through.
If I occasionaly lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to
remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in
your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.
And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me
your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked.
When those days come, don’t feel sad... just be with me, and understand me
while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the
gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always
had for you, I just want to say, I love you... my darling daughter. "