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Barbara Wood: Letter to my daughter, after her last race

Original post made on Jun 17, 2009

To my dear daughter,

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Anne Hillman
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 17, 2009 at 9:08 am

I love Barbara Wood's writing. This one made me cry--not just once--but for a second time when I read it aloud to my husband. He cried too. Though the specifics may be different for each one of us, I think every child needs to hear this kind of message from parents, not to speak of the child in all of us who waits inside for confirmation. It is so essential to be seen and loved for who we are. Perhaps this "Letter to my Daughter" could be more widely published to reinforce those parents and teachers who are trying in the face of student desperation to let their kids know they don't have to succeed on the culture's terms--rather, that it's more than enough to be themselves.

Anne Hillman
Portola Valley


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