Aug 02, 2015


A Daughter’s Love Note and Self-Portrait Gift

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This morning, our 17-year old daughter sent me the following text:

“I want you and Pops to go to my room and look at my painting. There is a card there for you two, above it.”

I went to her room and saw this beautiful self-portrait she had been secretly working on.  She had not allowed us to see it until today. Here’s what she wrote on the card to us:

Dear Mami & Papi,

I am dedicating this painting to you.  It is my third self-portrait, a portrait that I feel has captured who I am becoming and who I have been.  I dedicate this to you as a “thank you,” as an “I love you,” as a symbol of gratitude.  Of course, no number of paintings could truly express this to its fullest, but I am expressing it in the best what I know how to.  I am sorry that it has come so late, but I hope that you feel that this gift is not delayed.  I thought long and hard about what I should give you and it was extremely difficult. Everything that I thought of seemed like it wasn’t enough. I hope that you enjoy this painting for it is also a symbol for how I want to live the rest of my life: colorfully.

Thank you so much for all of the things that you have sacrificed for, worked for, strived for, and lived for, just for me. You are the most amazing parents and human beings that I have ever met, and while it is sometimes (or all of the times) difficult for me to express this, know that I believe it fully and truly (I am actually crying my eyes out as I write this…hahaha).

I love you so so so so so so much!

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!


[Me: Wiping off tears…]

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. *wipes tears away…

    what a blessing, querida Angelica…


    • Angélica Pérez-Litwin Angélica Pérez-Litwin says:

      Awwhh…Vicky, I know, I know. She wrote one of this teary notes. I am blessed to have her in my life. Will be missing her so much when she goes to college in August…

  2. susanah Lor says:

    It’s so good to see our daughters love not only their parent but whom they are. My heart is filled with joy for our New Latinas.
    Susanah Lor

    • Angélica Pérez-Litwin Angélica Pérez-Litwin says:

      Susanah, thank you for your beautiful comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this short post. Happy Valentine’s to you and yours!

  3. how absolutely beautiful!

  4. Vanessa A. says:

    Wow, this is so special! How beautiful, you are a very lucky woman, as is she! … Got me teary here too! Lots of love to you and your family!

    • Angélica Pérez-Litwin Angélica Pérez-Litwin says:

      Vanessa, thank you for your comment. We are very lucky to have her in our life. She’s always been that special. A gem of a human being. Growing too fast, of course. Soon off to college.

  5. What a stunning portrait and an even more beautiful message! She’s incredibly blessed to have such talent and to know herself so well at such a young age. Nothing but amazing things to come for her, I’m sure.

  6. Aww…that is so beautiful Angelica! What an amazing daughter you have. <3

  7. Amazing! My eyes are watery and tengo los pelos de gallina ( I don’t know how to say that in english LOL!). If one of my children write that to me one day I will melt! And the painting is amazing too!! Felicidades Angelica, you are such a great mother!

    • Angélica Pérez-Litwin Angélica Pérez-Litwin says:

      Dariela, gracias. Your comments and thoughts about the painting means a lot to me — given what a great mom and artist you are. She is a special person. We’re fortunate to have her in our lives. Gracias, de nuevo.

  8. I adore you and your beautiful family for posting this and sharing the beauty and the blessing we are as people! Completely credible, thanks for the spirit and the tears I shed because of this message!

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