A Letter To My Children

Dear Girls,

Hello my darlings, let me start off by saying I love you all very much. You three are the reasons I get up each day and the reason for my continuous smile. I am writing you this letter not only to let you know how much you all mean to me, but also how I feel about smoking.

I have never denied that smoking is a bad thing to do; even when I was younger I knew it was wrong. But now that I’m older and I see how you all feel when daddy and I smoke it hurts my heart. And I wish that I never started. But now that I have my three beautiful princesses asking me to stop and seeing you cry when I put playing on hold to have a cigarette, makes me know I need to change my ways.

My lovely daughters, I beg you to learn from my mistakes, I know some of you are not old enough to understand right now, but please don’t start smoking. Don’t even try it. It’s not worth your health to try to “look cool”. Do you know what happens when you smoke? Your fingers turn yellow or orange, your teeth turn colours as well, it gives you bad breath, and it could lead to very serious health issues like cancer. There is another problem with smoking (besides cancer) which is that it is very hard to quit.

Trying to quit smoking is one of the hardest things I’ve tried to do. I have tried several times before, but now that I have three very good reasons to quit, it’s easier for me. I just wish that you three were with me while I am quitting so you can see what quitting smoking is like and how some people react to withdrawal symptoms. It’s not a pretty sight but I think it is one you should see so that you know how hard it is to stop so you will never start. But that could just be a mom trying to protect her children. I am doing this not only for my health but I want you three to have a mom you can be proud of.

No matter what your friends say when you are older it’s not cool to smoke. It is actually a very gross habit and it is also a very costly one. But if you do find (when you are much, much older) that you would like to try it or if you do become a smoker, I will not stop loving you. There is nothing in this world that could make me stop loving you. And if you do smoke and need help quitting, I will be here for you. Always.

Love forever and always

Mum.

Take Care Lucy H.

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