My daughter has made it through the roughest year of her young life, and it’s not over yet. She’s been through so much, for so long. Really, WE have been through so much together this year, as both a mother and her beloved daughter. We’re somewhere in the middle of our journey, but there’s no light at the end of the tunnel quite yet, and it’s hard stuff. This daughter of mine is handling this heartbreak with a strength and dignity I didn’t possess at 15, and even now as a full-fledged adult. I’m learning, and stretching, and crying a lot as we go through this awfulness together, and in the end I think I might even be grateful for what I’ve learned.
But, don’t quote me on that.
My strong, willful, graceful, funny, smart and beautiful daughter and I participated in a video in celebration of mothers and daughters making promises to one another. Tori Amos, celebrated musician and fellow mother of a teenaged daughter, has just released an album Unrepentant Geraldines, featuring a song called ‘Promise’. In the song, Tori and her gorgeous daughter make promises to one another, the kind only a mother and daughter can make.
Our version of the video is below, with our promises to each other.
I cry every time I watch it.
Here’s Tori’s version, with her daughter.
My main promise, the one I’m making over and over again to this indomitable daughter of mine, is that I will always love her. No matter what, (and there are a lot of ‘what’s’) I will always, always be there for her. There are a lot of promises I can’t make about life, but I can promise to never leave.
What would you promise your children?
// This is a sponsored post for One2One Network. As always, all words, photos, and children are my very own. //