The Stories Told By My Childrens CardsJeannette Kaplun
My children have written so many cards to me that I’ve lost count. I treasure every message, every drawing, and every letter I have collected over the years. Whether it was a Mother’s Day card, a doodle done with an iPhone app, or simply a welcome home note, they all are my kids’ priceless expressions of love. Since I travel so much, I usually snap a picture of their artwork and keep it in my mobile phone so I can look at their love notes when I miss them.
If you read between the lines, you realize each card or note shows much more than what is written in them. I couldn’t help but feel guilty for being away so frequently these past months when I read how much my daughter misses me–although she is proud of me. But I also felt proud when my son called me the “best mom in the world”. Parenting is all about those wonderfully mixed feelings, in which joy, exhaustion, guilt, impatience, wonder and pure love mesh together. Seeing what my children have drawn or written to me helps me feel close to them even if I’m miles away.
How was I able to organize those pictures? By using the free Disney Story app. I just selected the photos of my kids’ artwork, grouped a few into collages and literally, I was done. If I would’ve snapped all the pictures in the same day, the app could have grouped them for me by day
Now it’s as if their cards, messages and drawings have come to life. Every time I play the Story I made, I can’t help but feel I am the luckiest mom alive. And when I am away, the love I feel from my kids just makes me want to be a better person, to make them proud and also, to hurry up and get back to them.
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