Love is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful emotions that we can experience at different moments of our lives, in various circumstances, and with different people. We have, for example, the love of a couple, the love for our parents and the love for those friends who become family.

But there is one love that, from my point of view, is the greatest that exists: the love for our children. For this love, and it being Valentine’s Day, we write a letter to the love of our lives, our children.

The greatest love in the entire world.

Why do I think that the love for our children is the greatest in the world? As a mother, and surely many other mothers and fathers will agree with me, when our children are born, we discover in our hearts that there is another way of loving, one that we have never experienced before, that we could have not imagined.

This new love is very different from any love that we have experienced. It is an unconditional, immeasurable love, capable of making us move heaven and earth. In a feeling that is difficult to describe, a love that many of us define as a “feeling that has our hearts overflowing.”

This is the love of fathers and mothers. It is a love that fills our soul, swells our hearts and puts a huge smile on our faces. A love that has no comparison and to which there is absolutely nothing that can be equaled.

And that’s why, although usually when we say it out loud when we refer to this phrase to the love of a couple, our children are really the love of our lives. Nothing in life that makes us feel the same as how we feel for our children. And as we know, it doesn’t really matter what our children do or don’t do: we are still going to love them unconditionally. Therefore, today I write a letter to the loves of our lives.

A letter to the love of my life, my son or daughter

Dear Son/Daughter,

Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and as such, it is a day in which love takes center stage, and in our case, the love we have for each other should be celebrated. I am going to try to explain in words how much you mean to me, although I am sure they won’t be enough.

You see, when you came into my life, we thought we knew everything about love. We believed that we had already completely known that feeling of affection and closeness, with our partner, family, and friends. However, you came to show us a different love.

From the day of your birth until today, I have witnessed how the love I feel for you grows and grows more every day, as you continue to grow physically and emotionally, as you start “growing up.” This love that I feel is difficult to describe, because it is a feeling that we know until we have our own children.

No matter how old you are, to me, you will always be that precious baby who changed everything she thought about life. Every detail, every step you take and every new milestone you reach, makes my heart fill with joy. And what can I say about the love you give me? Without a doubt, it is the purest and most tender in the world.

I love everything about you…Hearing your laugh and talking to you make me feel so full dying love for you. Seeing you grow, knowing you are happy, being able to accompany when you invite me to come along, being there for you when you need me, and, correcting you when you have done wrong, are a few of different ways I have of loving you.

Perhaps through these words and phrases full of affection you can imagine how much I feel for you, but I assure you that it is much greater than you imagine. If one day you decide to have children, you will finally understand why you, my son, are the love of my life. My love for you is unconditional. Happy Valentine’s Day, my darling.

Adapted from blog post by Lucy Ortega, published in Bebes y Mas.