My Daughter Says The Sweetest Things.

By Jabo
@jaboUK (54336)
United Kingdom
February 29, 2016 9:05am CST
My daughter lives on the other side of the world from me in Thailand, but comes home for the summers. Yesterday she put up a message on Facebook. It was a quote from the Dalai Lama: "Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back to, and reasons to stay." And then she added her personal message to me: " Mum, that's what you gave me, and why I still come home every year". Wasn't that a lovely thing to say? Photo is of my daughter and her husband.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
29 Feb 16
My kids are the same. Although I suspect that the 'reasons to stay' have something to do with free food and having their washing done for them
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@WorDazza You old cynic you!
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
29 Feb 16
@jaboUK I would prefer to think of myself as worldly wise if you don't mind!!!!
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@WorDazza Ok - have it your way!
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@LadyDuck (162735)
• Switzerland
29 Feb 16
This is so sweet Janet, what a beautiful phrase, she is the perfect daughter.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@LadyDuck She is indeed, I'm so lucky to have her.
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@LadyDuck (162735)
• Switzerland
29 Feb 16
@jaboUK You must be proud of her, she is this way because she had a great mother as example.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@LadyDuck Now it's you saying the sweetest things! Thank you.
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• United States
29 Feb 16
jest shows what a great job ya did't raisin' those young'uns! i fear i'd needed to grab me a hankie o'er that'un, hon. great pic'f that beautiful couple!
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@crazyhorseladycx Yes I'm really lucky that both of mine have turned out so well. I've never tried to clip their wings, they need to be free to do their own thing. It is a lovely photo, thanks for thinking so too.
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@AnneEJ (5008)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
29 Feb 16
That is one of the nicest compliments your daughter could give you. You are fortunate.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@AnneEJ Yes, you are right there - It was a lovely compliment, and I know I'm lucky that she's turned out so well.
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@KnehKnah (3472)
• Philippines
2 Mar 16
Beautiful message from an equally beautiful daughter. I feel like crying again, my dear Momma.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@KnehKnah I was so happy to get this massage, as you can tell
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@KnehKnah (3472)
• Philippines
3 Mar 16
@jaboUK Oh yes, my dear Momma. I feel that too, when out of the blue, a kid of mine sends me a note similar to that. So sweet!
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• United States
29 Feb 16
Yes, but there is something else about this too. She has the financial resources to come home. That too is quite lovely.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
Yes, she's lucky to be able to do that. She gets a temporary job while she's here, so it's not all holiday.
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• United States
29 Feb 16
@jaboUK That makes really good sense.
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• Japan
1 Mar 16
It's amazing how they start saying things like that after they've been out in the world and had to start washing their own socks.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@petatonicsca Lol - you could be right!
@checky99 (226)
• Spain
29 Feb 16
Wow, I really like it. It's too nice!
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@checky99 Thanks, it was a lovely thing to say.
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@waflay (2730)
• Nairobi, Kenya
29 Feb 16
You mean everything to her and looking at her words to you she meant every word.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@waflay I have to say that she is the perfect daughter and I love her to bits. Thank you for your lovely comment.
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@MarymargII (10011)
• Toronto, Ontario
1 Mar 16
It feels so great that after raising children you get feedback like that- it does make you feel wonderful and proud!
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@Marymargll Yes, I really am proud of her, she's a wonderful daughter.
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@MarymargII (10011)
• Toronto, Ontario
1 Mar 16
@jaboUK Yes she sounds like she is---- what does she think of your rhyming talent?
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@MarymargII She's actually quite impresssed as I'd shown no aptitude for it until I was well into my 70s. She's pretty good at poetry herself.
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@Juliaacv (31182)
• Canada
1 Mar 16
Aw, that was sweet of her. This is such a nice photo of the 2 of them. Nice that you're so close, our son will say things like that to me, and it just makes my heart so happy.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@Juliaacv I'm glad that your son says things like this Julia. My son is more reserved, though I know he'd lay down his life for me, as I would for him.
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@Juliaacv (31182)
• Canada
2 Mar 16
@jaboUK He's done a fine job of being both a son as well as a daughter to us. When Momma needs to get out and do some shopping, he'll go with me, and he is always holding the door for me or pulling out my chair, he's something else that one.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@Juliaacv You have obviously brought him up well Julia - he's a credit to you.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
That is so sweet and I bet you can't wait for her to come over
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@gabs8513 You've got that right - she's coming in May.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@jaboUK Well that is not that far away Janet it will be here before we know it but of course for you it seems ages away
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@gabs8513 My husband and I are going to Spain for a month tomorrow, so that will make the time pass quicker.
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@JudyEv (125577)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Mar 16
That is indeed a lovely thing to say. How nice that she's able to get home in the summers.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@JudyEv She gets temporary work while she's here, so that helps. Her Dad and I are thrilled that she and her husband are able to do this every summer.
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@JudyEv (125577)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Mar 16
@jaboUK I can imagine. Damian should finish his PhD in April and thought he 'might' be able to get out to see us around Christmas some time which would be lovely. I'm sure he will if he can. We hope to go back and tour a bit more in 2017 as we have left the motor-home with him. Hopefully he can use it over the summer.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@JudyEv Ireland and Australia are even farther apart than England and Thailand, so I understand the difficulty. I hope he manages to come to see you. It would be good if he can get some use out of the motor-home.
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@SIMPLYD (80388)
• Philippines
1 Mar 16
Oh your daughter is so sweet and loving indeed . And look at that picture of her and her husband , a clear indication of her loving and sweet ways .
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@SIMPLYD She's been loving and caring all her life, and we're so thankful that she has a wonderful husband - her Dad and I love him to bits.
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@SIMPLYD (80388)
• Philippines
2 Mar 16
@jaboUK Is she an only child too ?
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@SIMPLYD No, we have a lovely son too.
@trivia79 (7914)
• El Segundo, California
1 Mar 16
that is a heart-warming message! is your daughter married a Thai? or they just settled in Thailand?
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@trivia79 No, her husband is English, but they just love Thailand. My son is actually married to a lovely Thai girl.
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@trivia79 (7914)
• El Segundo, California
1 Mar 16
@jaboUK and they also living in Thailand?
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@trivia79 Not my son and his wife, no - they go there for 6 weeks every year, but they live close to us in England.
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@BelleStarr (38944)
• United States
29 Feb 16
It was, not only were you a great mom, your daughter recognizes the gift you gave her in letting her go!! That is beautiful. I am tearing up.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@BelleStarr I teared up a bit too when I read that. There's a great quote from William Blake that I have always believed in: 'He who bends to himself a joy Doth the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in Eternity's sunrise.'
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@BelleStarr (38944)
• United States
29 Feb 16
@jaboUK That is our job as parents to teach our little fledglings to fly and then we must embrace their flight!! Even though every instinct tells us to hold them tight!!
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@BelleStarr You understand so well Isabelle. If you try to restrain them they will only resent you - and go anyway!
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@rebelann (41920)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Feb 16
She is very lucky, so many people I know moved away from their hometowns and parents then their parents also moved away or into assisted living facilities and no one wants to go back to that old house if there is one. As you know we are currently going through all the junk mom hoarded over the past 50 years and boy is it a mess.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@rebelann - You still aren't sorted with your mom's things yet? Sheesh Even though my son and daughter are both married, their rooms are just as they were when they moved out! Part laziness on my part, part nostalgia.
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@rebelann (41920)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Feb 16
It's a lot of work right now @jaboUK she has 6 dresser drawers, all of which had so much stuff in each drawer and I hate to just empty and throw stuff away so that's part of the problem and the worst part is she has 2 large book cases filled with so many books and encyclopedias and stuff. The worst part is no one has lived in that house since 2010 and mice and roaches have invaded a lot of the living space. Not even a little fun.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@rebelann Oh yuk - especially the roaches!
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
29 Feb 16
Her personal message shows how much she loves you and it was a lovely thing for her to say.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@marcyaz We have an unbreakable bond, she's the best daughter anyone could have.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
29 Feb 16
@jaboUK That is wonderful the closest I have come to a daughter is daughter in-laws.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@Marcyaz I've a daughter-in-law too, and she's lovely.
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@AkoPinay (11882)
• Philippines
4 Mar 16
It's because you gave her the reason to be sweet. I am not a sweet daughter and I assume you know why! LOL
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar 16
@AkoPinay I hope that you are a sweet son then!
@AkoPinay (11882)
• Philippines
5 Mar 16
@jaboUK I am a she
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
5 Mar 16
@AkoPinay Oh sheesh - so sorry. So why do you assume that I know why you are not a sweet daughter? Did you have a different name on Bubblews?
@DeborahDiane (22455)
• Laguna Woods, California
1 Mar 16
Your daughter sounds like a very sweet person. I hope she is still planning to help you put together a book of your poems. I love the photo of her and her husband. I know you are very proud of her.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@DeborahDiane Yes, I am very proud of her. She's very wrapped up in prison reform and prison visiting in Thailand, so the book is on hold at the moment. I'm still not convinced it's a good idea.
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• Laguna Woods, California
1 Mar 16
@jaboUK - It sounds like the work your daughter does is important and I can understand why the book is on hold. I did want to make sure you know one thing about Amazon Create Space and Kindle books ... it costs absolutely nothing to set one up. If you never sell one, no harm done. However, all your family and friends and get them and that is pretty special!
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 16
@DeborahDiane Thank you Deborah for your encouragement - it may still happen, but not if it's left to me!