Letter to University from Mom

collegeBoundDear University,

You are about to receive a gift. We call her Principessa and she is my daughter. To you, she is just a statistic – one set of criteria that met with approval for acceptance into your esteemed institution.

Principessa will be leaving all that she knows to join you several hundred miles from home. She will be on her own for the first time. I don’t expect you to parent her or to take over for me in my absence. But I do expect you to provide her with what she needs to survive and to thrive over the next several years.

I hope you fulfill the promises you made when you wooed her into your fold – a solid education that will lead to job prospects, a safe environment, and ample diversity and opportunities to stimulate her personal growth.

This seems like the least I can ask for my financial investment. Which, by the way, is significantly higher than many of her fellow classmates. For instance, the athlete with the coveted ‘full boat.’ Apparently his physical skills are more highly valued than my daughter’s passion and talent for nurturing children and her long-standing desire to become a teacher.

My husband and I will pay an inflated sticker price for the reward of our daughter’s college education. To say that I’m not bitter or worried about the ability to afford this would be a lie. But I’m willing to bury my negativity in exchange for her ultimate success and happiness.

University, you have no idea how special my daughter is to me. And I get the feeling that you probably don’t care – except for caring that she reflects well on your reputation. Don’t worry, she’ll do you proud, just as she has done for us all these years.

Principessa is one in 17,000 to you, but she is one of a kind to us, her family. Please be good to her. She deserves the best you have to offer.

Sincerely,

Mom of the college Freshman

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elizabeth Palmer
    Aug 10, 2015 @ 12:20:49

    Morning!

    I enjoyed this piece and can feel your pride, anger, sadness, love and hope. You have raised P. well and she has a clear path and goal. It will be fun to watch her progress towards her dreams. I’m sure there will potholes along the way but she will navigate around or through them.

    I’m here if you’d like an ear to listen or a friend to share advice/thoughts.

    E Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Linda Sacha
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 20:43:56

    You make me cry every time. Stunning. Truth. Transparent. Fab.

    Reply

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