Friday, May 7, 2010

Enlightened Path


Dearest Gaia Miette,

The role of Mother was never part of my overall life plan,
but you, my sweet crumb, had a different blueprint in mind.

You entered my world and turned it upside down,
proving that life is full of unexpected and beautiful surprises.

I graduated from a top university, read thousands of books, practiced yoga with great teachers,
but you, and your wee self, have taught me more about life than any of the above.

You have shown me the importance of patience, the wonderment of simple things,
the liberation from selfishness, and the significance of living in the moment.

Oddly, I cannot imagine life without you,
And trust me, there was definitely a past filled with lots of extraordinary living.

However, your entrance into my world has only caused me to look forward,
ahead to all the great things you will do, be and give.

The moments we will share together for the rest of our lives,
the numerous times I hope we walk hand-in-hand through it all, the good, the bad, and the spectacular.

My heart is forever changed and filled with an adoration words cannot describe,
and I thank you for diverting my path and adding one of the greatest roles of my life to our story.

Love,
Mama


[Mama & Gaia ~ El Retiro, Madrid, Spain]

47 comments:

  1. this was so beautiful... i have tears in my eyes! what a sweet mama and baby. <3

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  2. Oh darling that was such a heartfelt tribute to your wonderful, amazing Gaia. Really pulls at the heartstrings.

    I also adore that photo of you both, hugs to little Gaia,
    xoxo DJ

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  3. Every syllable of this beautiful sentiment resonate so deeply with me. Every word expresses exactly how I feel about my little Prince and the journey that led me to him. The life I led before was remarkable but nothing compared to the life he has brought me! Just beautiful!!!
    Have a very special Mother's Day.
    xoxo
    Judith~

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  4. What beautiful words to your little Crumb. It is obvious what this little girl has brought to your life. So much more that we can ever, ever imagine. My Mother's Day wish for you Mel is simple. May you and your darling family walk slowly through this incredible journey together~ it goes by quickly enough. Happy Mother's Day sweetie.

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  5. So beautiful and SO TRUE! "Your wee self has taught me more about life..." I couldn't agree more!

    And thanks so much for your thought-provoking comment on my blog - I agree, complex issue with no concrete answers, but one we have to craft for ourselves. I think JennyMac and I drove that point home - thanks for being a part of the convo!

    Following you - my first time here and you have an amazing writing stlye! Look forward to blogging with you!

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  6. What an uplifting letter, and a very beautiful photo. That would be the very one for her to her on her bedroom wall - it has such an air of setting forth together.

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  7. Beautiful words to your daughter. You should save these words so she can read them as she gets older. I am sure she will love them.
    Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  8. Beautiful and tear-jerking:) xo

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  9. So beautifully said. Motherhood is the greatest gift I have ever received:) you have inspired me to do a post like this!

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  10. what a beautiful gift to your daughter. happy mother's day to you.

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  11. glorious mel!
    i know these words are for precious gaia, but {oh my dear} how they struck a cord in me.
    you ooze mother to me. i assumed you were speaking "mommy" as long as you could remember. it's women like you and karey mackin who make me quite sure i'm out of my league to ever attempt such an undertaking. although, deep down the gift of a child causes me to catch my breath.
    but then you write it wasn't in your "overall life plan"? i don't don't know why, but this gave me such relief. i don't feel so alone. thank you so much for this post.
    oh how lucky we all are your plans were changed!
    happy mother's day.
    love,
    katie

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  12. Such a beautiful message to your little crumb. If I was a mother you would be my role model. I wish you both a very wonderful Mother's Day.

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  13. That's probably the most beautiful thing I've read all week.

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  14. Wow! Thanks so much for your comment on my blog - what a gift...I can't believe I had not read your blog before, it is wonderful. And this letter to your sweet bebe is perfection!

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  15. So touching, true and beautiful!
    The image speaks volumes...
    Happy Mother's Day Melissa

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  16. S W E E T Melissa,
    So So So Beautiful!! You are SO AMAZING to me!! You are the first I have met in my life who celebrates your precious gift instead of the precious gift celebrating you! You are the Mother of all Mothers and an example for us all!! Your path is truly enlightened my special friend~
    Have a Beautiful Mother Day!
    XO

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  17. This is beautifully written and so very true. As a mother you have to be so patient and selfishness no longer exists. Have a wonderful Mother's day. But what wonderful lessons the wee one's teach us! xoxo

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  18. Dearest Melissa,
    your words are so moving and sweet...A simply adorable tribute to your lovely little miette. I'm sure she will treasure these words all her life..
    Have a most wonderful Mother's day!!
    xoxo
    Lala

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  19. Oh my Mel you brought tears to my eyes! What an eloquent and beautiful letter. Happy Mother's Day to you - I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and had a fabulous birthday earlier this month!

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  20. So special...I too have tears in my eyes...thank you so much for sharing this with us. You are such a dear and such an amazing mother...hugs. oxoxox

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  21. a strong drink it is!!
    happy mother's day.
    love,
    katie

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  22. Beautiful. The words, the picture... All incredibly touching.

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day, dear.

    xoox,
    -maria

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  23. I love the words and picture both. What a gift each of you is to the other. Happy Mother's Day, sweet one. xo Gigi

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  24. Beautiful! I am so lucky to be sharing the adventure together. We love you Miss Miette and Mamma Mel xxx

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  25. I am blown away by that picture. What a lovely post!

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  26. Heart warming words Mel!
    Plus, a gorgeous portrait of you & the princess...everything about it, even the sepia tones! Wishing you the best Mother's Day!
    xo

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  27. fabulous post, just gorgeous. hope you print that out and keep it in a box of treasure for the grown Gaia when she becomes a mother : )

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  28. Wow, what a beautiful post. serious tears falling here. I might have to print that letter out and read when my 2 are driving my crazy :) x

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  29. I can't believe you wrote that all so concisely and eloquently. I have lots to say to my children but can't seem to find those splendid words to put down. Maybe I am too tired right now, maybe when the right moment hits, the words will come. Beautiful. What a lucky little girl. lucky mama too.

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  30. Melissa~

    This is truly one of the loveliest posts I have read. What a unique way to view Mother's Day. You are such a sweet spirit and your daughter is so blessed to have you. I hope you have a beautiful Mother's Day.

    wildmagnolia9.blogspot.com

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  31. Dear Mel,
    Such beautiful words and, such a true reflection of motherhood. Sometimes we have our life all mapped out and sometimes it changes....for the better. Also, as we get a little older we want different things out of life.
    We had our Mothering Sunday in March, here in the U.K. so I will wish everyone celebrating Mother's Day the BEST day. XXXX

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  32. I hope you share this with her when she is older. The photo is stunning. Your words are beautiful. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  33. Beautiful - Happy Mother's Day!
    -Sanity Fair

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  34. Oh Melissa, this makes me cry, such beautiful words about motherhood and what it means to you. I am feeling a bit blue today, ok a lot blue. I need to get myself back to a place where I cherish this mothering gig as much as you do. Not feeling it today but it is something to aspire to. You are such a great girl. I am glad I know you. Look forward to meeting you someday IRL. I really mean that My Friend.
    Love
    Laurel

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  35. Just jumping back in to tell you how pleased I am you decided to visit us. I hope you'll come often.
    Blessings...Mary

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  36. this is so beautiful Mel! I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!!

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  37. Dear Mel~
    My Mother's Day wish to you is coming a day late.. I hope you had a wonderful day with your little Crumb and Sean. You are an incredible mother inside and out. This letter to your "wee" crumb pauses life for a second.. I have to say, you always have a way of doing that here on your blog for me. You always have your magical way to remind me to appreciate life's precious moments.

    I received some spectacular French paper in the Mail on Friday along with a note that spoke your voice and your kind unconditional loving heart! Thank you Mel from the bottom of my heart for such a note and the most beautiful paper.. I can see why it's Sean's favorite. Not surprised one bit knowing he's as picky as me ;) I'm going to go look at the website and do some research. Thank you both! I love the way it was tied with the tri detail of twine :)
    Much love to you always and I hope you have a beautiful week!
    Xoxo Noel

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  38. Oh my, Melissa. This is beautiful. "liberation from selfishness" Those words are perfection. You said what I feel in my heart in a way that I could never put together. I hope you had a lovely mother's day, my friend.

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  39. So perfectly stated, happy belated mothers day to you!

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  40. Yes, yes, yes!!! Motherhood is divine, isn't it? So well said, my friend. xoxo

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  41. Wonderful photo, and the sweetest words from a mommy!

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  42. this sent a shiver down my spine. what a sweet photo and an even sweeter message.

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  43. This little note to your daughter has me with tears in my eyes, so very sweet and thoughtful. Lucky you, lucky baby!

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  44. I am speechless... you are a beautiful writer ~ so glad you added it to the list!

    xoxo

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