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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, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

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

maeann
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

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
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

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

maeann
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

Bonjour chere Djamila,

You are welcome. Thank you for your kind words.

Wusufor
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

Hi Lizbeth,

Thank you. I am humbled and blessed.

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

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

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.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

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

Anita Shrestha
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

Thank you for sharing, keep it continue

maeann
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

Hi Anita,
Thank you so much.

Elizabeth Ziro
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

Beautiful! Congratulations are in order

maeann
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

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

maeann
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

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

Rachana Singh
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

Hi Rachana,

Thank you for your kind words.

Marie Abanga
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

Doing well Princebb...

maeann
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 12, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 13, 2019

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

Millynairi
Oct 12, 2019
Oct 12, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 12, 2019

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

efe
Oct 12, 2019
Oct 12, 2019

Your last statement is what resonates with me the most

maeann
Oct 13, 2019
Oct 13, 2019

Thanks Efe...

Jill Langhus
Oct 13, 2019
Oct 13, 2019

Hello Dear Mae Ann,

Congrats on winning the story award! Great job!

XX

maeann
Oct 13, 2019
Oct 13, 2019

Hi Jill,

Thank you very much.

Jill Langhus
Oct 13, 2019
Oct 13, 2019

You're welcome, dear! XX

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 13, 2019
Oct 13, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 13, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 13, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 13, 2019

Hi Anjana,

Thank you for reading and writing a kind words.

Jane
Oct 14, 2019
Oct 14, 2019

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

maeann
Oct 14, 2019
Oct 14, 2019

Hi Jane,

Im looking forward to that...

Rosylyne Nabaala
Oct 18, 2019
Oct 18, 2019

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

maeann
Oct 19, 2019
Oct 19, 2019

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

Stella Paul
Oct 20, 2019
Oct 20, 2019

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, 2019
Oct 20, 2019

Hi Stella,

Thank you :)

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

narayani khadka
Oct 23, 2019
Oct 23, 2019

"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, 2019
Oct 23, 2019

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

Joveline De La Cruz-Fontanilla
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

I love your words sister maeann. I will teach my son the values i have learned in my childhood days.

maeann
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

Helo Joveline,

Thank you for reading and writing kind words. I believe you have better words to tell to your son. Looking forward to reading your amazing stories.

Akshaya9
Jan 25
Jan 25

Hi Maeann,
Thank you for sharing this to us and congratulations. Keep on writing sis and you inspired me of your story.

Have a nice day

maeann
Jan 26
Jan 26

Hi Jack, thank you for having time to read and wrote a word of encouragement. I am humbled you are inspired.

Akshaya9
Jan 29
Jan 29

Your welcome mae :-)

Beatrice SunTrack
Feb 10
Feb 10

Hello Maeann,
This story is so lovely, you hinted out on some bits that I wished my mother had told me as a young girl some years back. And just like you I have the same wish for my nieces and future daughters because I believe that had I heard such words from any of my parents, it would have been enough assurance for me to avoid some silly mistakes i made. Bless you!

maeann
Feb 11
Feb 11

Thank for your reading and comment :) I am looking forward to share this to my future daughter :)

Shirin Dalaki
Mar 01
Mar 01

This is so beautiful, you are setting the foundation and the correct protocol for each unborn soul and allowing the love and acceptance, I love this part the most, "Be humble and be wise. Whatever success you achieve in life, be humble. Wherever you go, be wise and do not be fooled. ". Thank you for sharing your wisdom, well done.

maeann
Mar 03
Mar 03

Hi Love :) thank you for your sweet words.

mkerbow
Mar 19
Mar 19

What a great message! Thank you for sharing

maeann
Mar 20
Mar 20

Thank you mkerbow

tpalmares
Mar 19
Mar 19

Thank you for sharing!

maeann
Mar 20
Mar 20

Hi Tpalmares, thank you for the time reading :)

Amelia Chantarotwong

Fearfully and wonderfully made! So are you. Your daughter will follow your love for yourself, so lead her by example by starting to love yourself even more now!

maeann
Mar 20
Mar 20

yes we both are :) thank you for dropping by a kind words :)

pjames
Mar 19
Mar 19

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story!

maeann
Mar 20
Mar 20

You're welcome and welcome to World Pulse.

Paulina Nayra
Sep 06
Sep 06

Yehey! The future daughter is in the making. A son, a daughter, no matter. S/he is sure to be a beautiful child raised by wonderful parents. Actually, I wished to have a daughter, too. I dressed up my eldest son when he was a baby. And now, he brought us two darling grand daughters and an angel. Dreams do come true. In God's own time.
Cheers to this touching message.
Huggs.

maeann
Sep 07
Sep 07

Te Pauline, nahanap mo pa talaga ito para makapag comment, heheheh. Wow that's nice Te you have two Angels :) I'm looking forward to meet my future Daughter or son.