The Voice I Hear When I Talk to My Daughter

It’s deliberate. It’s direct. It‘s surprisingly mine.

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I have hit a point in my life where I can look back and rehear things that have been said to me in my life and process them on a whole different level.

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Every mother has the same role. It’s beyond raising a child. It’s creating space for someone to shape and mold their own existence.

She and I don’t agree all the time. There are nights when we recognize going to our respective rooms is for the best and we’ll figure it out later.

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To this day, the hardest thing I have ever had to do as a parent was to let her make that decision on her own, knowing she would make the wrong decision and letting her do it anyway.

I realize that every conversation I have with her, every bit of advice, could result in the “this was the one thing I remember my mom saying” moment.

Flaming pinball, nerd, music lover, wine snob, horrible violin player. No, I won’t stop taking pictures of my drinks. vanessaltorre@gmail.com IG: vanessaltorre

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