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,
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
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.