A Letter to My Children

By Roxana Soto, MCAF

Queridos hijos,

I’ve never been one to care too much about celebrations like Mother’s Day. I feel they are way too commercialized and too much effort is put into material gifts. Plus, my dad — your abuelito — used to say that Mother’s Day is everyday! But I guess you’re too young to understand any of that.

You’re also still too young to understand the perilous state of our planet. But, I’m not. I’ve called Earth home much longer than you, and I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t done much to try to make it a cleaner place for both of you…until now.

I am part of a group that wants to make sure parents do everything in their power to protect you, our beloved children, from toxins in both the air we breath and the water we drink. Moms Clean Air Force was specifically created to fight against the weakening of the Clean Air Act which is under attack by politicians in Congress. We’re fighting for clean air for our children…you.

At stake are the new EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards which will prevent 17,000 premature deaths and 120,000 childhood asthma cases every year. Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin, mercury that can harm fetuses and the developing brains of young children. In fact, mercury pollution affects more than 400,000 newborns every year. Why anyone would fail to see the importance of the EPA’s new standards and the need for us to support them is preposterous, to say the least.

I know you have no idea what I’m talking about, but one day you will. And I want to make sure you know that, as the one who gave you life, I did everything I could to try to make this planeta a better place to live for both you and future generations.

On this Mother’s Day, the best gift I could possibly get is for all mamis and papis to heed the wise advice of this ancient Native American proverb:

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.”

We owe you y la madre tierra that much!

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

Hear, hear!

John B.
John B6 years ago

Thanks Dominique for posting the thoughtful article by Roxana Soto.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for this great article.

Geetha Subramaniam

Agree with Nancy B.

One thing I find hard to understand is people thinking that the world/Earth belongs to them, their children. Hello, I think, we are part of a very big fraternity of creatures that share this Earth. Also, if we teach our children to respect and behave properly toward all creatures big and small, including human, and non-living things... this Save the Earth etc., would be a by-product, and not a separate effort. The last two generations missed something in their own education (not talking literacy here) and that of their children. Hope it can be reversed.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia6 years ago

When my son's first birthday came around, I decided to write him a letter, and will continue writing him lettters on every birthday (and will do the same for any future kids) until he is old enough to understand. He doesn't understand the world around him, and by the time he will be old enough to, I will have forgotten so much. What me and his mother have to go through, what we did, how watching him grow made us feel, what type of kid he is, and whatever else comes from my heart. The one for his second birthday will have so much interesting things in it, things he will hopefully never imagined happening around him.

Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

MarilynBusy ForCharities
6 years ago

very good.....
I like to recognize fathers as well on this day, as I recognize mothers on Father's day....reproduction is a symbiotic thing, after all.

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and fathers everywhere!

Svetlana M.
Svetlana M6 years ago

Well said.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams6 years ago


Hilary S.
Hilary S6 years ago

we forget our own mortality. let us stop pretending that the way we treat the planet makes no difference.
wonderful picture - thanx dominique!