Posted by admin on June 16, 2012
Dearest Daddy and Mommy,
It is this chapter of my life that I shall value years from now. Being far away from home has its advantages as well as disadvantages. But in the long run, it seems that the former overcomes the latter. I have experienced what is to be alone and what loneliness really means. Yet, I am now more independent and take pride in this. Away from home, I have been able to look life from another perspective. On the whole, I have learned to be more pragmatic and realistic about certain things.
At this point, entering into the married life, it is too early to tell what I shall do a year from now, where I shall be, or what shall happen. But whatever happens, I feel confident of myself. This confidence stems basically from everything I have experienced. The happiness as well as pain and most importantly, from my experience living with you as my parents.
I remember my childhood, adolescence and early stages of adulthood with you, and of all these have enriched me as a person. The times when as a family we would go off to Baguio, Tagaytay, etc. But now, as I look back, I treasure these memories. The times when Daddy would put us up on the horses in Baguio and you, Mom and Dad would patiently watch us go riding for hours. The times when we went shipping, shopping, biking. The times when Mommy had to cook for all our parties, and when Daddy would go downstairs at night to watch the full moon at the front yard only to find out we’re all following him to also wonder about the moon’s beautiful shape. When you both played Santa Claus and I caught you, but never let on that we knew. These are memories I shall always cherish, look back to and find strength in, when things get rough along the way.
I also think back and note all the big and small things you have done for us, the trials you have gone through to make us happy, and all the pain you have endured because of us. As I look back with tears in my eyes, and heaviness in my heart due to guilt as well as homesickness, I want to thank you and say, I am truly sorry for every pain and heartache you have had to endure because of us.
Yet yours is a true example of parenthood. It is unselfishness, coupled with understanding, or at least trying to understand which counts so much to a child when she looks back.
I hope years from now, I can emulate these values as a parent for the sake of my children. Thank you Mom, Dad, for molding me as a good person…
I love you and will miss you,
Your daughter Isabel
For parents, it pains to see one’s daughter about to be betrothed than a son. The anxiety of a daughter marrying someone considered as an alien to a family. So, to ease the pain it will perhaps be splendid for a daughter to write a personal letter expressing affection to parents before the wedding day.