Mother To Child by Regina Weston
Let me start off by saying that I’m sorry. As a mother, your mother, my desire was and is to shield you from pain and hurt. Anything that would make you feel other than complete happiness but this is the real world. And in the real world, come joy, happiness as well as despair, disappointment and sadness.
When you were born and I held you in my arms, I never thought that I would have to bury you while you were yet in your teens or early twenties but unfortunately this is the reality for so many mothers, having to bury their children.
Baby, your life is being shortened do to gang violence, police brutality, drug abuse, suicide, homicide and acts of random violence. We live in a cruel world and this is not the world I envisioned you living in, and for that, I say I’m sorry. I’m remorseful that I couldn't give you the fairy tale life I dreamt of you having. The only thing I have to say dear daughter and son of mine is that life is not always what you try to make it, but don’t stop doing your best to be the best. It was said that we will overcome. Well, I may not see that day of your child overcoming but I hope that you do and your children’s, children do, because something has to change and very soon.
However all has not been lost for some mothers; some of their children have escaped the tragedies of life and have become something to be proud of. And because of that, I’m happy for those mothers who haven’t had to identify their child at the county morgue or look down into a casket as their child lay stiff, soon to turn to dust that blows in the wind and vanish along with their child’s hopes and dreams of what they could’ve been and could’ve accomplished.
My child, daughter and son, I just wanted you to know that I did my best in raising you with values, and moral principles. Therefore take what I have tried to instill in you and do your very best with it. Try to avoid the tragedies spoken of in this letter to you and know that mother loves you and pray the best for you. I hope that you get to live well into your thirties and forties and many more years after that, and if you do, please make them count in a meaningful way, remembering those who weren't as fortunate as you.