Dear Son,

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - THE LETTER I WISH I’D SENT -

SINCE this let­ters page be­gan I knew ex­actly the let­ter I should have writ­ten — but I didn’t have the courage. In fact I was ter­ri­fied, I found lots of ex­cuses — and yet I knew I that if I didn’t write, I would al­ways re­gret not tak­ing this op­por­tu­nity.

So I am writ­ing to­day to tell you how I feel. I am ab­so­lutely heart­bro­ken that you do not want me in your life in any way and that I can­not see you, your wife and, most heart­break­ingly, my grand­chil­dren.

I have no un­der­stand­ing of this sit­u­a­tion, I am not aware of hav­ing done any­thing to de­serve this — all I know is that of the roles I have served in life my most im­por­tant one, and that which I gave my all, was as a mother.

I have been told and have no prob­lem be­liev­ing that you are a won­der­ful fa­ther. I am happy you and your fam­ily have a good life and I hope in years to come that your chil­dren will re­mem­ber you with fond­ness and love for the care you give them. Take care and lots of love Mam Name and ad­dress with Ed­i­tor

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