"MOTHER" .......a beautiful poem by my daughter aged 13 at the time

A mother I think so much of,
a friend I truly need
Sometimes I may seem horrid,
but it’s only teenage creed

Mum, I love you so much,
with all my heart and soul
You let me do mostly everything,
yet you still play your role

I do know how lucky,
I am to have you there
Someone to talk to,
someone to really care

You buy me gifts for birthdays,
the one’s I really want
Then to make it better,
the card in perfect font

I know I can be nasty,
sometimes a real mess
All it is is teenage years,
maybe PMS

Mummy, I love you
I honestly can say
I’m sorry for all the nasty times
I’m sorry in every way

by Roslyn Stewart aged 13

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"MOTHER" .......a beautiful poem by my daughter aged 13 at the time by 

This is a poem my daughter Roslyn wrote me when she was aged 13.

We had all just survived a torrid period of time where she became this uncontrollable teenager who made our life truly difficult.
Thankfully we all made it through and we all can now look on that time as something we all learned a lot from.

Roslyn now at 22 says if she could turn back the clock and rewrite the book she would, but at the time she thought we, her parents, were only imposing boundaries and rules for no good reason other than to be a thorn in her side. She couldn’t see, and wouldn’t see till later, how hard this was on herself and her family. A self-obsessed time but a time she now has so much regret for and understanding of.

She did come out of it though and I think the love for her that we never ever abandoned, though it was sorely tested, and the doggedness of us not giving up, won in the end.
Maybe it was a time that she needed to experience and just get over and done with.
She did become again the lovely girl she had been and quickly matured into a great empathetic teenager and now is a truly wonderful young woman I am so very proud of and love enormously.

We have a beautiful relationship and this poem she wrote me and presented so beautifully typed out on lovely paper is one of my greatest treasures.

Take heart from this when you go through the rough times with your own kids.

Susan Davies inspired me to post this poem after reading her lovely poem “Children Are A Blessing”. Thanks Sue.

Hi my name is Jenny Stewart, I live in a small town called Geraldine in the South Island of New Zealand.
Photography truly inspires me and helps me really “see” so many wonderful things that are all about us.
I am an amateur photographer who loves this wonderful adventure with the camera and I would like to hopefully create a few memorable photos along the way.

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  • margotk
    margotkover 6 years ago

    What a beautiful piece of work – very heartfelt

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comments Margot :)

    – coffeebean

  • rockinsue
    rockinsueover 6 years ago

    this is wonderful and i feel how many teenagers feel but because they are teenagers find it hard to back down in any way and admit mum/dads right this was your daughters way of saying mum you are right, thanks for sharing

  • Thanks so much Sue, you are so right and thanks heaps for inspiring me to post this, my daughter was tickled pink that I’d shared this with you all. :)

    – coffeebean

  • niggle
    niggleover 6 years ago

    well written

  • Thanks so much Niggle, yes she did well didn’t she.

    – coffeebean

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I know exactly what you mean about those teen years. I also have 1 daughter who is 27 and a truly lovely woman now but when she was in those teen years…….hmmmm…….you wrote it so well. What a lovely poem that she wrote for you in one of the moments when she was being her true self. I would havecryed my eyes out reading that. As a matter of fact my daughter did something similar for me at age 16 and I still have it. Thanks so much for sharing that.

  • Thanks so much Robin, that means a lot to be able to share this and have such lovely feedback and to hear stories such as yours, I’m so glad your daughter gives you so much joy now as well, she sounds lovely. And yes I had more than a tear or two when I read this! Hope you went back and reread your daughter’s letter too! :))

    – coffeebean

  • jlynn
    jlynnover 6 years ago

    Wonderfully written! I know from my own experiance with my own daughters,, unconditional works!
    Not easy but fruitful:)

  • Thank you so much Jeanne, it’s great to know it worked for you too! Bless you. You know what is the most amazing thing….my daughter told me recently that she gave advice to an older friend with a rebellious teenage daughter and told her she should “handle it the way my Mum did with me”. That made me smile and feel pretty happy!

    – coffeebean

  • SharonAHenson
    SharonAHensonover 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing…..

  • Thanks for that Sharon :)

    – coffeebean

  • Natalie Rodríguez
    Natalie Rodríguezover 6 years ago

    Wow Jenny. Really touching piece.

  • Thank you very much, I’m so glad this touched your heart, that means a lot to me.

    – coffeebean

  • Madeline M  Allen
    Madeline M Allenover 6 years ago

    This is just beautiful , Keep up the great work. I’m sure your mom loved this.

  • Thank you Madeline, my daughter was delighted to know I’d posted this and for all the lovely comments, I’ve said to her she should write more and I think she might now she has been given a pat on the back like this. Thanks heaps.

    – coffeebean

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful…what a wonderful mother you are…apparently you have accepted her
    teenage years…remembering your own and she is such a great daughter to admit she has
    been difficult…Bless you both…Sally xxoo

  • Thank you so much Sally :)) how lovely of you, you made both my daughter and I so happy by your lovely comments. Bless you too Sally, you’re a sweetheart.

    – coffeebean

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 6 years ago

    Also , please encourage her writing..she has wonderful skills…Sally xxoo

  • Thank you Sally, I have passed your comment on to my daughter and she is tickled pink I can tell and I have her busy thinking about some poems or writing to do for her father’s upcoming birthday. She had been thinking of writing something but was a little unsure about it but now she is very inspired so thanks heaps :))

    – coffeebean

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