letters to our daughters / june 2012

Welcome to the June edition of Letters to our Daughters.
This time I wrote a letter to my oldest daughter, Lola.

If you missed the April & May letters you can find them here and here. Don’t forget to follow the circle and check out the amazing photos and letters that my friends have posted.

Happy Monday!

Dear Lola,

Last Friday was your last day of Second grade and I can not even tell you how proud I am of you. You have learned so much this year, made new friends, created some incredible art, danced your heart off and it’s hard to believe that you will be in Third grade so soon. Third grade was a big deal for me. I think it’s because I went to a new school when I entered the third grade so I have really vivid memories of my very first day. I remember that I sat on the very last row next to a girl that invited me over to her house for a playdate on that very same day. I felt so happy that I was making new friends so quickly. I remember that day so well that it’s so hard to believe that it was twenty seven years ago and It’s even harder to believe that my you, my baby girl, are now that same age. I will make sure that you get plenty of memories of playdates, sleepovers and lots of happy times!

I’m excited that the summer is here and that we will get to go on some dates just you and me. I had so much fun the other day when you came to run some errands with me and then we went to have some yummy frozen yogourt and got to walk around and talk and laugh. It made me so happy and I know you felt the same way.

So this summer I want to play a lot of UNO games with you and Boggle games, Hang man and Monopoly. I want to go to the movies with you and go to Blue C Sushi and Molly Moons afterwards and we should definitely try the new candy/ice cream shop that just opened close by. I want to put the couches together, bring some blankets and watch a movie, I want to go on a lot of bike rides together and also some morning walks. I want to go to the beach when it’s low tide and find treasures and I want to swing on the swings with you and swing as high as we can. I want you to give me a lot of pedis with your signature foot massage!!! I want to go to the library and find new books for you to read and see watch you get excited that you are completing the summer reading program (you love to do that every year!). I want to help you put together your lemonade stand that we didnlt get to do last year, I want to play smash ball at the park! I really can’t wait to have fun together this summer cause you are growing up so fast my baby and I don’t want to miss out on anything!

I love you so much, Lolita, and I feel so lucky to be your Mom. I think you are such an incredible person and my heart is so filled with love for you and from you.

Te amo!

Mama

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giozi - June 25, 2012 - 8:16 am

Hola Valeria.
Qué preciosa sesión, me fascina. Y la edición es una maravilla, muero por aprender hacer fotos así.
Tu carta también me ha encantado. A mi también me cambiaron de cole en 3ero. Pasé de un colegio de monjas de sólo niñas y para colmo que comenzaron el turno de tarde con nosotras, en todo el cole, sólo estábamos las niñas de 1º y las de 2º donde estaba yo, era un ambiente muy familiar. Pues pasé a un colegio super grande, donde habían 5 clases por cada año y era para hijos de militares donde eran un poco más estrictos.
Claro que recuerdo el primer día de clase. Recuerdo que una niña dijo, mira, una nueva, y le dijo en secreto algo la que estaba delante de mi y esta última me pisó mis zapatos nuevos. Ahora que lo pienso no recuerdo mucho de ese año hasta que luego cuando ya había comenzado el cole tal vez un mes llegó una niña cuyo padre había sido trasladado a Lima y me hice su mejor amiga. Nos hicimos muy muy amigas las dos.
Aun recuerdo muchas cosas de mi época escolar y es que yo por entonces escribía un diario, aunque realmente comencé a escribirlo en 5to, pero lo tuve hasta el año 2000 (acabé en el 89) Y de cuando en cuando volvía a las primeras páginas para releerlo y me puedo acordar gracias a esas últimas lecturas de detalles, que si bien no fueron significativos, pero por estar escritos no los olvidé.
En el 2000 quemé el libro, un especie de ritual que quise hacer para empezar de cero pero ahora me arrepiento, habían tantas cosas lindas escritas, que ahora mismo me gustaría poder leerlas otra vez.
Qué linda idea lo de escribir cartas a tu hija. Me ha dado muchas ganas de comenzar con los míos.

Gracias por compartirlas

Sarah C - June 25, 2012 - 10:55 am

Oh Val. These images just take my breath away. That last one is a show stopper MY GOODNESS! Love your letter too. You sweet mama are a WONDERFUL woman and your daughters are so going to treasure not only your words but the images you captured that more then speak for themselves. Third grade is indeed a huge huge milestone. I still remember what my teacher looked like, what my class looked like who my friends were. A Very poignant year indeed. They grow up way to fast don’t they?! Enjoy your summer with your princesses! can’t wait for your next letter!!!

ketti - June 25, 2012 - 11:48 am

melt!

Samara - June 25, 2012 - 1:47 pm

What beautiful images! Your photography is so inspiring. Absolutely stunning work :)

Rashmi - June 25, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Dear Val, these are such beautiful photos of your sweet Lola and I love your letter to her… i can just imagine all the lovely memories you will make this summer. Third grade seems so big to me.. my older daughter is going to third grade this fall too. I wish you lived closer, i bet our two girls would get along like a house on fire! :) xo

Charla Anne - June 25, 2012 - 9:12 pm

Your photos are breathtaking!
I love the project you are doing. I’m sure your daughters will cherish your letters forever.

Kirsty-Abu Dhabi - June 26, 2012 - 12:42 am

Oh my, every month you blow me away with the gorgeous images that your dear sweet girls have to treasure forever… and your writing about the happenings of a 3rd grader and your fun plans for the summer are just perfect

Julia - June 26, 2012 - 8:18 am

I loved reading this letter to Lola and drinking in these magical images of her. It sounds like you two are going to have a wonderful summer! Your work takes me to another world, Val – I love it so much!!

Pati - June 26, 2012 - 6:16 pm

El amor que sientes por ella se siente poderosamente a través de cada foto. Son tan bellas que me duele un poco el pecho al verlas.

Jody - June 26, 2012 - 7:33 pm

Oh Val, I love this. I didn’t realize/remember that our girls were the same age. So much of what you are saying is how I feel about Stella. I keep telling the kids that I want this to be a fun summer. In the past, I have been so stressed out and worried, but not this summer. The kids are at an age that I know we can have so much fun together. Your photos are stunning (of course). My favorites are the last 4. Just beautiful.

Vanessa - June 27, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Beautiful words and images. Your girls are gorgeous!

hitomi - June 27, 2012 - 10:21 pm

What a lovely letter. Im sure lola feel same way as how u feel about her.
When i read this letter, i felt lots of love. How lucky to have u as a mother.
u are wounderful and amazing mom and im sure ur kids feel so too.
Thank u for sharing ur lovely letter :)

Luli - July 2, 2012 - 6:51 am

Me hiciste llorar! A mi! Hermosas las fotos, tu hijas y hermoso el recuerdo que van a tener a través de las cartas y las fotos.

Amy Lockheart - July 2, 2012 - 8:54 am

I love to hear about these special little moments with Lola, and about your hopes for this summer. Ever since I first met you, I could tell that Lola was a little reflection of her mother, and that the two of you share a very special bond. Your words and your images are just beautiful, Val. I look forward to your post every month. xoxo

kristine - July 8, 2012 - 8:59 pm

Your Photos are so beautiful. My best friend and I wrote Letters To Our Daughters in 1997…First published by Beyond Words, then Hyperion. It is a collection of 44 letters from women around the country and around the world. It is the foundation for the work we do at Matters That Matter. To this day, we are very aware that the courageous women who contributed letters for publication have been some of our greatest teachers.

sev - July 28, 2012 - 7:37 am

Hi, I’m Séverine from France, I just discovered your wonderful work via Pinterest. I can’t wait to see all the pics you posted on this website. Love particularly this session and its vintage feel.

Inés - August 3, 2012 - 2:24 am

Hola,
hace muchísimo que te sigo y soy muy fan de todas tus fotografías. La verdad es que me he quedado boquiabierta al ver las fotos de esta sesión. Son de una delicadeza absoluta, los colores de las fotos hacen que algunas parezcan incluso cuadros! me encantan siempre los tonos que eliges, los detalles que fotografías, las escenas, el mood! todo de verdad! me encantaría que alguna de mis fotos se parecieran a las tuyas…son tan tan bonitas!

Un abrazo!
Inés.

kristine - October 13, 2012 - 6:17 pm

Lovely to find this site. I am the co-author of Letters To Our Daughters, hyperion. All these years later I am delighted that this subject is so dear to so many. Thank you for your amazing words of love and truth, and for encouraging others to take the same path. I have a thousand stories of how these intimate letters have changed lives and relationships.
blessings to you and yours.

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