Recently a false alarm was sounded all over Hawaii causing a state-wide panic. For several minutes, the people of Hawaii thought that a nuclear missile was heading for their paradise.
I read an article by a mother who said she instantly texted her 2 daughters on the main land and told them
“Check the News. Is there a missile heading to Hawaii?I love you.No matter what happens get your degree!Have a good life, be successful!And take care of your sister”
Which made me cry of course because what a terrible fright! The thought that a missile was heading for my town would be such an awful thing I wonder how one ever chokes down that fear?
But it flooded my mind with the things I would want my children to know in the event of my sudden death. Just off the top of my head,
I LOVE you both.
You were BOTH my biggest accomplishments in my life.
Go to COLLEGE.
Stay strong in your FAITH!
DEFEND your faith with ALL your heart.
Love each other, ALWAYS!
FALL in love.
PROTECT your sister and always watch out for each other.
One day you may be mom’s I know you WILL be amazing and better than I could have ever hoped to be.
I am so PROUD of both of you.
Take CHANCES, it’s ok to make mistakes that’s how we learn.
I PRAY you have friends in your lives like I have had the honor of knowing and loving.
Marriage is WORK but it’s worth it.
I love you!
Know that I will be praying for you and I love you for ALL eternity.
RESPECT your flag, your country, veterans, and those who protect and serve our country.
ONLY God loves you more than me.
Be kind, the world is ROUGH and being kind makes you a BETTER person.
NEVER chase after a man, he should chase after you, ALWAYS.
NEVER date a married man, he belongs to his wife. You deserve a GREAT man.
Remember INTEGRITY is doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
Do you know how much I love you? I love you to the moon and back and to the sun and back and around every single star God ever made or ever will make. Forever and ever and ever, that’s how much I LOVE you!
WORK hard and do a job you love.
You are STRONGER than you think, because you have Jesus with you EVERY moment.
Stay HUMBLE, God has you right where he needs you to be.
STAND UP for whats right even when it’s not what everyone else is doing.
The Church is always RIGHT in its teachings, even when it may seem unfair.
Credit cards are only for EMERGENCIES! Pay with cash whenever possible.
SAVE money for your retirement.
Good MANNERS will take you far in life.
TEACH yourself how fix stuff around the house like Daddy did.
Never be afraid to SHARE your faith with others! Let your light SHINE for Jesus!
Don’t believe everything you hear or read, do your own RESEARCH.
TRAVEL, see the world and try new things.
Remember the lowliest person you may meet was once someones CHILD and God loves them.
Live your life with the goal of becoming the SAINT God wants you to be.
The DEVIL is real and spiritual warfare is a constant threat to the world.
Believe in MIRACLES, God grants them every day.
Remember that Mary is your Mother in HEAVEN.
The Saints are hanging out waiting to PRAY for you all day long, ask them to for help!
Remember to PRAY FOR ME and ask your sister in heaven to pray for you.
Help other people and VOLUNTEER when you can, it feels good.
You will know how much I loved you when you have your OWN children.
Be a GOOD friend.
Eat HEALTHY and take care of your TEETH.
Don’t worry about other people’s OPINIONS, they don’t matter one bit.
Be MODEST, you can still dress sassy without putting all your body on display.
Never let a man hit you, belittle you or separate you from family or friends. These type of men will NEVER EVER change!
You do not need to be PERFECT, I still love you and so does Jesus.
Adopt shelter PETS, remember a pet is for life.
Pay your bills on time to maintain your GOOD credit.
Say you’re SORRY, forgive when you can. Don’t allow people to mistreat you.
Listen to that little voice in your head, it’s trying to keep you ALIVE.
Hollywood LIES, movies are make believe.
BE CAREFUL about what you watch, listen to and read. Ask yourself would I watch this with Father Tom. Trash in equals trash out.
You are special there is NO ONE in the world just like you.
If you marry, MARRY a Catholic that lives their faith daily. You will be each others guide to SALVATION.
Marry an optimist with a great sense of HUMOR, life is hard and this will help along the way.
PRAY the rosary.
NEVER let someone talk you out of your faith!
Even though you may be small you are FIERCE, God is with you always.
Adoption makes families too, be OPEN to life and what God puts in your heart.
I could go on and on, but I hope that this list could be a guide to what I would share if I had to leave instructions.
So what started as a false alarm in Hawaii, has led to this roadmap I pray would help in the event that my girls need it when I am gone.
Pilar The Papist Squirrel
PS You both made me a better person by being your mommy.