A mother’s touching letter to her baby boy in the wake of the Manchester terror attack has gone viral, and for good reason.
The stirring note opens with the loving mom proclaiming that her heart is broken, as she laments the current state of violence and terror in our world.
The future, she said, is incredibly uncertain, as there are “monsters” that she knows she can’t protect her son from.
“The news this morning about a terrorist attack in Manchester is breaking my heart. For the victims. For their families. … For you, your friends, and your generation,” the letter reads. “I fear that these incidents are only going to happen more and more as you get older and it makes me so sick to think I cannot protect you from the barbaric individuals who do things like this.”
The mother, who published her post on her Mummy Mumbles Facebook page, went on to implore her son not to cower in fear and to experience life, despite the inclination that some have to be cautious and wary due to an increasing number of terrorist attacks.
“Do everything you want to do. Go everywhere you want to go,” the mother wrote. “See everyone you want to see.”
The caring mother noted that her job is to protect her son, especially from “monsters” — but that these terrorists pose a tragic challenge for parents.
“Most of those monsters, I can keep away from you, scare off, reassure you have gone away and won’t come back. But not these monsters,” she wrote. “These monsters do horrible things all over the world. These monsters I cannot always protect you from.”
While she said it’s tough to admit that she can’t fight these monsters for her kid, she did pledge to teach her son to do that himself by imploring him to simply live his life.
“They don’t want you to do that. They don’t win if you do that. So do it. Everyday,” she continued. “Never be afraid to enjoy yourself and live your life to the fullest.”
In the end, though, she said she can’t guarantee terrorism won’t impact her child. Still, she told him that the terrorists can’t kill strength, determination and love.
“Your generation are going to be the strongest yet. You are going to be the most determined to beat this,” she wrote. “And you are going to have the most love to give, because we will teach you that you mustn’t be afraid of these monsters. No matter how scary they seem.”
Read the letter in its entirety here.
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