Future Daughter

maeann
Posted September 20, 2019 from Philippines
Future Daughter
Future Daughter: a letter was written for our future daughter (1/1)

Dear future daughter,

During my younger year, me and my friend meet in a playground and play together with outdoor games like tumbang-preso (slipper and a tin can), step in step out, luksong tinik, Chinese garter (Chinese jump rope), jolen, syatong, tagu-taguan, patintero (this is similar to the game of tag), touch the color and some indoor games like luto-lutoan, jackstone, bahay-bahayan.   I don’t have that many toys before but we had clay pot we can use for luto-lutoan.  

I climbed a tree to pick fruit. I even made a treehouse and play on the branches. The stories I keep hearing from my old Aunt and Uncle where “Si Pagong at si Matsing (The Turtle and the Monkey). Some song that I can still remember - “Ako ay may Lobo” (I have a balloon), “Tong Tong Pakitong” and “Magtanim ay di Biro”. 

And my playmates run in the rice fields during summer or we go nearby seashore to pick up some shells, catches small fish and crabs. I learned to ride bikes after several falls with lots of practiced.

I would love to share and teach you about these games, stories, and songs. It’s simple but brings joy and connection. But more importantly, I want to share with you the values ​​I have learned in my life and how I have changed the things that are more important in life today. 

 

We want you to know that you have the right to be born, and be cared for as you grow up.

We will support you in your education so you can develop and discover your talents and skills.

We will let you enjoy your childhood, and protect you from any harm inside and outside the home.

We hope that you will grow up to be a responsible and free individual.

Remember this daughter….

Physically you are beautiful. Do not let others dictate you with how beautiful it should be. Being beautiful is how you accept who you are. If they look at you un-attractive, that is not your fault. Every person has different views about being beautiful. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

You cannot please everybody. We have a different background, different culture, a different belief, different languages, different childhood, and different upbringing. Stand by what you know what is right. Don't think about what they would say.

Influence yourself with the right people. As you grow old, you will meet different people in life. Either bad or good, they will develop and mold your character. But whatever happens, don’t let yourself lose your respect.

Expect challenges and adversities. We are living in an imperfect world. There are no perfect lives. There is no easy life. Everything, you need to work at it. You need to learn and study. You need to improve. When you fall, stand up. Do not lose hope in life.

Be humble and be Wise. Whatever success you achieve in life, be humble. Wherever you go, be wise and not be fooled. 

But most importantly is to have fear in God because the fear in God is the beginning of knowledge.

In unity and love, your Mom and Dad.

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Lisbeth
Sep 20
Sep 20

Dear Mean,
Thanks very much for this your wonderful letter to your future daughter. Since you got a lots daughters here at world pulse and I am one of them.

I loved this portion very much, when you say "Be humble and be Wise. Whatever success you achieve in life, be humble. Wherever you go, be wise and not be fooled. "

We will also pray to see the wise course first. Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.
Lizz

maeann
Sep 22
Sep 22

Hi Lizbeth, thank you for reading and for your positive words of encouragement.

Mojisola Adewumi
Sep 20
Sep 20

Thanks for sharing.
Regards
Mojisola

maeann
Sep 22
Sep 22

youre welcome

Anita Shrestha
Sep 20
Sep 20

Hi
Mean
Nice to see write about daughter....Plz play role as your expectation....do guide as whatever you want. Be happy

maeann
Sep 22
Sep 22

Thank you Anita

Jill Langhus
Sep 21
Sep 21

Hi Mae Ann,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your wise words of wisdom for your daughter.

Hope you're doing well, and having a great weekend!

maeann
Sep 22
Sep 22

Hi Jill, im doing well. Thank you for reading and kind words.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 22
Sep 22

HI maeann
Welcome dear.

Jill Langhus
Sep 23
Sep 23

Hello Dear,

You're welcome. I'm glad you're doing well:-)

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 23
Sep 23

Dear MaeAnn,
What a great progression to go from simple and fun games in carefree times with your childhood friend, to your important messages about trusting ourselves despite what others may say, and advice on how to meet challenges that so often come our ways. I can picture you surrounded by young girls listening closely to your words.

maeann
Sep 26
Sep 26

Thank you Tam...

Hello, Mae Ann,

I love this post. It brings back a lot of childhood memories. I do hope children today can experience the simple joys of outside play we had before. :)
Beautiful letter to your daughter, by the way. You will be a great mother for sure. Thanks for featuring Filipino childhood games. :)

maeann
Sep 26
Sep 26

I miss those days... thanks Karen

Tarke Edith
Sep 24
Sep 24

Hello sister
Thanks for sharing
Love you sis.

maeann
Sep 27
Sep 27

Thank you too Tarke :)

Madhuri Deshkar
Sep 28
Sep 28

आपने जो स्टोरी डाली वो मुझे बहूत पसंद है।धन्यवाद।

maeann
Sep 28
Sep 28

Thank you Madhuri