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PHILIPPINES: To My Future Daughter

maeann
Posted October 10, 2019 from Philippines
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Maeann shares her childhood memories and the wisdom she has gathered with her future daughter.  

“Being beautiful is accepting who you are.

Dear Future Daughter,

I would love to teach you the games, stories, and songs from my childhood. I used to meet my friend at a playground to play outdoor games like tumbang-preso (slipper and a tin can), Chinese garter (Chinese jump rope), and patintero (a game similar to tag). We played jolen, syatong, and tagu-taguan.

I didn’t have many toys, but I had a clay pot I used for luto-lutuan, or pretend cooking. I climbed trees to pick fruit. I even made a treehouse to play in the branches.

I ran with my playmates in the rice fields during the summer. We picked up shells and caught small fish and crabs at a nearby seashore. I learned to ride a bike after several falls and lots of practice.

I still remember songs from my younger years, like “Ako Ay May Lobo” (I Have a Balloon), “Tong Tong Pakitong,” and “Magtanim Ay Di Biro.” I remember the stories I heard from my older aunt and uncle, like “Si Pagong at si Matsing” (the Turtle and the Monkey).

I would like to share all this with you, my future daughter. I would like to share the simple things that bring joy and connection. More importantly, I want to share with you the values ​​I have learned in my life and how I have shifted to focus on things that are important in life today.

Your dad and I want you to know that you have the right to be born and to 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 to you what beauty should be. Being beautiful is accepting who you are. If others look at you as unattractive, 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 different backgrounds, different cultures,  different beliefs, different languages, and different upbringings. Stand by what you know what is right. Don't think about what others would say.

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

Expect challenges and adversity. We are living in an imperfect world. There are no perfect lives. There is no easy life. You will need to work hard for everything. 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 do not be fooled. 

Most importantly, have fear in God because fear in God is the beginning of knowledge.


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Tarke Edith
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hello Maeann
Congratulations sis
You really deserve it
Thanks for sharing for l have Lean from your story.

maeann
Oct 10
Oct 10

Helo Edith,

Thank you. I am looking forward to influence my daughter with the stories of women and from my experience so she can be a blessing..

Anne Dupont
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hi Maeann,
What a beautiful and wonderfully written story! In December, I will become a first time grandma to a baby granddaughter. Your story is inspiring me to write a letter to her, that shares my hopes and dreams for her life. Thank you!
Warmly, Anne

maeann
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hi Anne,

You are blessed to be a grandma soon. And yes, start writing your story to influcence and inspire her that our experience is still better to be told.

World Pulse will surely be active in 5 to 10 years... and I want my future daughter know how I am using my story inspires other women also.

djamila ibrahim olame

Bonjour chère Maeann,
Merci beaucoup de partagé cette histoire si belle.

maeann
Oct 10
Oct 10

Bonjour chere Djamila,

You are welcome. Thank you for your kind words.

Lisbeth
Oct 10
Oct 10

Dear Maeann,
Yaaay, a very big congrats to your story award. Your letter was amazing. I am very proud of you.
Let's keep writing for #change.
Have a great Friday dear and happy international girls day.
Hugs

maeann
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hi Lizbeth,

Thank you. I am humbled and blessed.

Yes, let's keep writing to #influence #connect and #empower.

Hello, sis,

Yay! Congratulations on being a Featured Storyteller! I'm a proud pinay here. Well-deserved, sis! I'm so proud of you. #RaiseYourFlag

May you continue to write your stories and the lessons you learn along the way. Great job!

maeann
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hi Karen,

Thank you for continually encouraging me to keep on writing and sharing.
I am more proud of you how you have been touching lives through your powerful stories.

You're welcome, Mae Ann.
Aww. Thank you for your kind words. Let's celebrate when we meet!

Anita Shrestha
Oct 10
Oct 10

Thank you for sharing, keep it continue

maeann
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hi Anita,
Thank you so much.

Elizabeth Ziro
Oct 11
Oct 11

Beautiful! Congratulations are in order

maeann
Oct 11
Oct 11

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Oct 11
Oct 11

This is not just a story but an advice and a proverb
Congrats Girl
Celebrate you

maeann
Oct 11
Oct 11

Thank you Oluwatoyin. The best encouraging and powerful words that can transform lives comes from God...

Rachana Singh
Oct 11
Oct 11

Dear sweet MaeAnn,
Beautiful words from a mother to her daughter. I have seen the pictures of your little angel.. blessed daughter she is having a mom like you. Sending you both lots and lots of love ❤
Congratulations!!
Take care..

maeann
Oct 11
Oct 11

Hi Rachana,

Thank you for your kind words.

Marie Abanga
Oct 11
Oct 11

What a letter full of nostalgia, determination and caution! Above all, there is hope when we have faith in God. Thanks for sharing sis, I played similar games as a child here too wow (they just had different names lol)

maeann
Oct 11
Oct 11

Doing well Princebb...

maeann
Oct 11
Oct 11

Really Marie wow.. I hope kids can enjoy playing these outdoor game because it teaches you how to be competitive and being sports... also enjoy being a child, not like now some playground are in the mall

Marie Abanga
Oct 12
Oct 12

Hahahahaha,

Kids of today to me are missing out a lot, the outdoors, some are locked in all day, even in the mall you can't tell who can kidnap your child. I am lucky to live in a neighbourhood where my sons can still play outside all they want and can,
Great post once more

maeann
Oct 13
Oct 13

That's nice that your kids still have a safe place to play...

Millynairi
Oct 12
Oct 12

Wow! Congratulations . This is a powerful story indeed. I enjoyed reading what you used to play with and how you learnt to ride a bicycle and the noble advice to your future daughter. Congratulations are in order.
Millie

maeann
Oct 12
Oct 12

Hi Millynaire,
Thank you for your kind words.
Thank you that you enjoyed reading it.

efe
Oct 12
Oct 12

Your last statement is what resonates with me the most

maeann
Oct 13
Oct 13

Thanks Efe...

Jill Langhus
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hello Dear Mae Ann,

Congrats on winning the story award! Great job!

XX

maeann
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Jill,

Thank you very much.

Jill Langhus
Oct 13
Oct 13

You're welcome, dear! XX

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 13
Oct 13

Dear Maeann,
From the wonderful assortment of childhood games to the gentle yet powerful turn to such wise advice, your story is beautiful. I hope it is picked up and repeated to many girls, it will fill them with courage to believe in themselves.

maeann
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Tam,

Thank you for your reading. I like what you said...that they will be filled with courage to believe in themselves.

ANJ ANA
Oct 13
Oct 13

Dear Maeann,
Thank you so much for sharing the letter. It is so relevant to all girls indeed. Such a beautiful, lovely and powerful note.
Love and regards,
anjana

maeann
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Anjana,

Thank you for reading and writing a kind words.

Jane
Oct 14
Oct 14

Every child wold be blessed to have you and to call you "Mom"

maeann
Oct 14
Oct 14

Hi Jane,

Im looking forward to that...

Rosylyne Nabaala
Oct 18
Oct 18

Thank you for promising to love and care for your daughter and I know you will be a good mother.

maeann
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hi Rosylyne,
Thank you for reading. And thank you for the positive words.

Stella Paul
Oct 20
Oct 20

Oh dear Maeann
What a lovely, lovely, lyrical story this is! Simple yet powerful words, unfolding a series of images that took me to my own childhood and made me so emotional! Love your story, love you and look forward to read more, many, many more in the coming days. Keep writing my sister!
Stella

maeann
Oct 20
Oct 20

Hi Stella,

Thank you :)

I hope that my future daughter will experience an amazing childhood with us.

narayani khadka
Oct 23
Oct 23

"Expect challenges and adversity. We are living in an imperfect world. There are no perfect lives. There is no easy life. You will need to work hard for everything. " Dear sister Maeann, thank you so much for sharing your powerful letter. congratulations on your achievement .
love from Nepal
Narayani

maeann
Oct 23
Oct 23

Hi Narayani,
Thank you for spending time to read and write encouraging words.