I don’t really know where to start with this letter. You are the speech giver in our family.It’s something I’ve been thinking about writing for a while. After a man on 24 hours in A and E said that he wrote one to his parents. You will be 81 on your next birthday! It does seem very old
but you don’t seem old. You’re not frail and you still look after us all and cook dinner every day.
I know that one day you’ll leave us. The thought of it breaks my heart. We’ve already lost so much. What will Mum and I do without you too? Actually I’m not scared of death like I once was. Do you feel the same? I know that wherever you are going Joe will be there waiting for you. To give you a big cuddle and pick you up off the floor till you shout at him to put you down. Anyway I don’t mean to talk of the morbid stuff. The reason I’m writing this letter is so that you know, for sure, how much I love you. So that I can say Thank you for everything you have done for me.
We have lived together for as long as I can remember up until I moved in to my own home. You and mum have been there through everything. The two of you are all I have EVER needed. You gave Joe and I the very best childhood. When I think back, we were all so happy. As children, we never wanted for anything. I don’t remember ever going without and I know that’s because you and mum spent all you had on us. Thank you Nanny, you have left me with such fond memories of growing up.
It’s very hard to explain how much I love you. Your more than a Nan, your even more than a Dad. I know I was a demanding child and you doted on me and gave me all the attention I wanted, even when you were tired and just wanted to ‘rest your eyes’. Always there to play schools, make cakes and let me help stir the gravy. I love you very much, and I am so grateful to you for the love you have given me.
I know Rosalie loves you too. Even though it’s another 25 years on, I can see that you dote on her as much as you did me. Picking her up and reading her stories whenever she asks. She is spoilt by you, as I know I was.
I think I am a good mother. I know that everything I have learned has been from mum and you, and I suppose you taught mum so really it’s all come from you. You didn’t have a close relationship with your own mother, I don’t know how you coped when your babies were little. I know I’d be lost without you and mum.
I don’t know how to show you how much you mean to me, which is one of the reasons for writing this letter so I could try and put it in to words. I still don’t think I have done it justice but it is a start. I love you dearly nanny, you have made me what I am.Thank you for all the love you gave us and keep giving.
Love you,Sarah xxx