Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter, I Dedicate This to My Sister, Aline Melanson

Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter, I Dedicate This to My Sister

Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter by Guillermo Peña

Ode to Old Age and Alzheimer’s Disease

The following letter from a mother to her daughter was reportedly penned by Guillermo Peña, and translated to English by Sergio Cadena. We understand that the photo is also by Mr. Peña.  Enjoy!

Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter by Guillermo Peña, Ode to Old Age

Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter

“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me.

Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?

When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you … my darling daughter. “

Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter, I Dedicate This to My Sister


I dedicate this to my sister, Aline Melanson, who shoulders major responsibility for taking care of our mother, who has Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter, I Dedicate This to My SisterAline, thank you for all that you do for Mom.  You once told me that you didn’t think you would have been her first choice for a caregiver.  I don’t know about that, but I do know this.  She appreciates you. You bring her joy. I can see it in her face when she sees you.  The last paragraph in the letter above sums up for me how I think she feels about you.

You do everything for her, just like you did for Dad. 

You are such a giving soul.  Remember when I thought I might lose my eyesight and you were ready to give me one of your eyes so that wouldn’t happen?  That’s who you are.

You are a kind, compassionate and caring person.

I love you so much, Aline, for all that you’ve done for me too. You’re still my favorite sister.  Shh, don’t tell the others.

Your sister forever,

Jeanne 

Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter, I Dedicate This to My Sister, Aline Melanson

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11 thoughts on “Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter, I Dedicate This to My Sister

  1. Jeannie, your whole family is awesome, I love them all. Aline will someday be rewarded for what she is doing, what a dear lady she is! I am glad that I got to know each and every one of you. I wish I could have met your father. I love you Jeannie. Jon

    • Thank you, Jon. We’re happy to have you as part of the family now too, being the kind and compassionate person you are. You took care of both your mother and your father until they passed. You mother had dimentia and didn’t even know who you were in the later years, but you loved her still. I love that about you. 🙂

  2. Beautiful Jeanne, you and Aline are awesome people. The letter says it all. Bless you guys and your mom. Thanks for the warm-hearted share 🙂

  3. What a beautiful post and tribute for your sister. I’m sure Aline adores you. I don’t know how many siblings you have but she would be my favorite too – lol.

    As caregivers, isn’t it truly a blessing to have this time with the one(s) who brought us in the world? As difficult as it was at times, I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything in the world! Check out my post. I’m doing a series on being an advocate for our loved ones. You and your sister may enjoy it.
    Tandy Elisala recently posted…Four (4) things your loved one’s life depends on: Day 5 of 30 Day Family Caregiver SeriesMy Profile

    • Thank you for your beautiful comment, Tandy, and for taking the time to visit my blog. Yes, Aline truly is extra special. There are 6 siblings in all. She is outstanding. They all are, but you know what I mean.

      I will go and read your article too, and share it with my sister as well. Plus, I will share it on all my Social Media. Peace to you and thank you for all that you do.

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