A Love Letter

A Love Letter

To Abby and Bree,

I am writing to tell you I love you. You don’t know this, but I exist in two places, here and wherever you are, because love has no boundaries. I hope someday I can tell you in person, but at least for now we are being denied each other’s company. You may hear stories about me or, most likely, you’ll hear nothing about me at all.

So I’d like to tell you about myself. First of all, I am soft. I love puppies, my kitten, and all the world’s animals. I love roses, the ocean, chocolate and the smell of lavender. I am nurturing, generous and filled with compassion. And I am fiercely loyal to those I love. My door is always open to friends and family.

I am also creative. I am an artist, a writer and a musician. I have written poems, created paintings and drawings and recorded music. I am thrilled that most of my creations have been published because they will someday be available for you to read, see and hear. We may never meet, but you can get to know me through these small gifts that I’ve left for you.

Finally, I’m tough as nails. I am stubborn and strong-willed and I think these traits are the reason I survived the most difficult times. I am proud of my resilience and I hope my warrior blood runs through your veins as well.

There are so many things I would like to tell you about life. I have so much advice that I was supposed to pass on to you over the years. But we’ve been stolen from each other and my only option is to write this letter that you may or may not ever read. But if I could give you advice, I would tell you this:

1. Each of you is a unique gift to the world. When self-doubt falls upon you, remember these words and believe in yourself. You’d be amazed at how much you can accomplish.
2. Don’t be intimidated by anyone when it comes to living your life the way you choose. Remember, if they don’t stick by you through the difficult times, they don’t matter. Ignore pessimists and follow your dreams. Take risks and make mistakes with no regrets.
3. Be kind, compassionate and understanding. Everyone carries their own pain. Offer support, not judgment.
4. Don’t tolerate violence or hatred. Don’t allow toxicity into your relationships. Learn the warning signs and protect yourselves and each other. Abuse is never acceptable and love shouldn’t hurt.
5. Be truthful, even if no one believes you. Live your lives with integrity.
6. Never tell someone you love them when you don’t. You only hurt them and yourself. On the contrary, tell those you love how you feel and hug them often. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
7. Respect nature. Enjoy the beauty of the world around you, but protect the environment and all its creatures.
8. Be your sister’s ally, champion, and confidante. Love and support each other unconditionally, even when you don’t like each other.
9. Know that as long as I am alive you can come to me if you’re in trouble. I will never turn you away.

I believe you’re missing out on one of the most important relationships of your lives. It’s not your fault, but nevertheless, you’re being denied what belongs to you – and that is me. I’m always yours and you will always be my precious girls.

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