This triggered me bigtime - and so I wrote this note to myself...
I'm sorry I ignored you when you tried to speak to me
I'm sorry I criticised you in everything you said or did
I'm sorry for all the times I looked upon you with anything but Love in my eyes
I'm sorry I fed you bad food, made you smoke and drink copious amounts of booze, so that I changed you into someone else because I was afraid you weren't good enough as you were
I'm sorry I kicked you when you were down, stamped on your dreams and called you a fool for hoping...
I'm sorry I told you you were stupid, fat and lazy and that no one could ever love you
I'm sorry I didn't cherish you when you were falling apart, on your knees, and crying out for Love...
I am so, so sorry for pushing you aside and forgetting all about you in my frantic rush to get nowhere.
I try to listen now when you speak to me, because I know you have a voice that needs to be heard... and I love you.
I try not to criticise you, because I know you always do your best however it appears, and because I now know how much I love you.
I try to smile when I see your face in the mirror, all the long ages and experiences in every curve and line, because you have always been there for me and because I now know how much I love you.
I try only to give you good stuff because I know you appreciate it, you deserve it, and it makes you feel good, and because I love you.
I always try to give you time to grieve when you are down, because I know how tough things can be, and I love you.
I do not want to hurt you anymore, because I love you - just the way you are.
Why do I love you?
Because I do.