I Love You, But I Wish I’d Been More Direct

Letters to the Editor: Rosalind Wyman’s was a life well lived Posted: June 7, 2012 I’ve often felt my first words in years, back in 1992, to my father as he told me he…

I Love You, But I Wish I’d Been More Direct

Letters to the Editor: Rosalind Wyman’s was a life well lived

Posted: June 7, 2012

I’ve often felt my first words in years, back in 1992, to my father as he told me he was leaving for college were “I love you.” My first words to him as he died were, “I love you.”

I wish I’d been more direct in my first few words to my dear little son, who is now almost out of the womb and hasn’t yet begun to understand what I’ve said, or care.

I wish I’d said more and not less, but I’m learning how to communicate with one hand on my heart and the other on my head.

In my late 50s, I’ll be the first to admit I was a bit slow to adapt to the changing world. I loved to tell people how to dress, and in the early 1990s, you had to dress in a way to attract a job. You had to be smart to get a good job. You had to be dressed in a way that would make people want to invest in your career. You had to be smart.

It was a far cry from where I was living at the time. I was dressed like I always dress – in shorts, tennis shoes, and short sleeves.

I wanted to tell my dad, “I love you.” But I didn’t know I had to tell him how much he meant to me.

I love my son, too, even if he doesn’t quite get it right now. He doesn’t really want to say “I love you.”

It’s been many years since he was a baby, and he’s now in the eighth month of his life. I hope that what he did in the womb will help him come out strong and know how much I loved him all along.

Dinah H. (Cedarville)

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