Mommy, I love you.
The note was on a tiny piece of notebook paper, shreds still hanging off.
That one was from the early days, when she had just started to write.
I love my sweet family.
That one was on a large paper, decorated with a picture of her family. Images of the perfect life she thinks we live stare back at me on construction paper.
The other night, Jadyn was typing her spelling words into the notes app on my iPad, an exercise in both learning and making sure we don’t misplace her words.
I was in the next room, checking my email, waiting for her to finish.
A message popped into my inbox.
I love you Mommy!
I don’t know how she did it.
I”m sure she doesn’t know how she did it either.
But, I’m keeping that email forever.
Love notes from my daughters.
For a long time, they were scattered around the house. Piles here and there.
One or two on the refrigerator.
Then I began gathering them one day.
I love them all. I can’t bear to part with any of them.
So I decided to keep them. They now sit in an old wooden wine box.
A love note treasure box.
And Oh, what treasures they are!
When I want to remember their love for me, I simply slide off the lid and read.
And, I always want to remember.
I can’t help wonder if their words of innocence will send light into my heart a handful of years from now when they are about to become teenagers?
Will their words carry me through those empty days when they are off on their own?
Will their words bring me joy when I am old and weary?
Will I remember this feeling, the I-am-so-very-loved feeling forever?
And will I love myself enough to believe it?
I hope so.
Create your own Love Note Treasure Box.
What you’ll need:
A box of any kind. A craft box. A shoe box.
Scrapbook paper to cover your box.
On each love note, write the date, who wrote it and anything else you think you might want to remember in a week — or a decade from now.
Savor them often or hide the box and bring them out only on special days.
Question of the Day: What is the best love note you’ve ever received? If you haven’t received one, write one today.