A letter for Matilda Mae from @MilneSteph
You were such a beautiful, bright and happy little girl. I was lucky enough to meet you once, at the wedding of my dear friends. You were a true delight: you gurgled and giggled, your eyes twinkled, your smile sparkled and it wasn’t long before I was asking your parents if I could hold you. I wasn’t the only one entranced by you, you seemed to turn everybody’s head that day. I have a feeling you did that most days, sprinkling a little bit of happiness into the lives of family, friends and strangers too, wherever you went.
There was something truly special about you. When I think back to meeting you, my spirits lift and I think of happiness, big bright smiles and a loving spirit. And love has been your gift to this world, endless, boundless love for you, for your family. Thank you Tilda for bringing all this love into this world. The love that you have created spreads far and wide, it has touched and changed this world forever. And nowhere is it stronger that with your parents whose love for you shines like a beacon into starry night, so bright you must be able to see it.
I hope that you can and that you catch every one of those bubble kisses sent up to you in the sky.
I wish you peace Baby Tilda,
With love, always,
A letter for Matilda Mae from @Lauriebull19
Although I never met you, your passing has touched me deeply. You and your beautiful family have taught me so much. I hold my boys tighter than ever and tell them how they are loved, something I took for granted before. My littlest one is just a few weeks older than you. I often find myself wondering what you would have been like, undoubtably beautiful with an infectious smile. I watch him play and wonder if you would have been friends if you had met. When he chats I think about what you may have sounded like. I am sure you would be a chatterbox, with your adorable siblings teaching you and encouraging you as all good siblings do.
Matilda, the love that has poured out since your passing has been remarkable. Your amazing mother and father have done you so proud. We have been privilaged to be able to join in on some of the lovely events that have been organised in your memory. To meet up with your Mummy among the bluebells at the Mile in Memory walk was really special. I haven’t seen your Mummy for many many years but you would never have known. I met your fantastic Daddy for the first time too. He is a man of many talents (his best being the super Daddy/ Husband that he is). We also managed to go on the Welly Walk too, a wonderful day for reflection and fundraising in your honour. Another chance to meet up and remember beautiful you. To be honest though there isn’t a day goes by that I don’t think of you. Stars, bubbles, messy play, pink/purple and Twinkle Twinkle little star will always make me think of you and each time I do I see the photo of you sticking your tongue out at the camera in your carrier. You are beautiful.
I am constantly amazed by your Mummy’s writing, it is both beautiful and raw. The love that pours out of each word for all of her children is immense. Your Mummy’s bravery in working so hard for others at a time when she is struggling so herself is truly inspiring. You must know that you are loved by so many. You are sorely missed by those who met you and those of us who were not fortunate enough to. I so wish that you were here with us. That your gorgeous family were not hurting. We will look after them all Maltilda, as much as we can. They are hurting but we will hold them up when they have not the strength to stand.
You will never be forgotten Matilda, we will make sure of that. Your gorgeous smile will forever be in our hearts. Sleep well beautiful Star of the Sea xxx
Letter for Matilda Mae from Natalie, @LivieandLucaUK
This is a difficult letter to write, for so many reasons.
Firstly, the reason I am writing it – so cruel, so unjust, so wrong.
Secondly, I am no writer. I struggle to get my thoughts and feelings onto paper – the written word just isn’t my thing! This letter has been in the making for over a week. I desperately want to be worthy of such an amazing little girl. I have written it and re-written it. It has been 3 pages long and I could have gone on! Now, I have started again and decided to summarise all I wrote.
I realised, all I was trying to say was THANK YOU MATILDA MAE.
I am a better person, a better mother, more patient, less of a workaholic, more carefree, more appreciative of the small stuff, more cuddly and I don’t take things for granted…. I could go on and all because of you.
One year ago, when I saw your Mummy’s tweet and the realisation of what had happened – has changed me for the better, forever. I have spent hours crying at the sadness of a life gone to soon, your mummy left heartbroken. I have also smiled and laughed at the stories from your mummy about you – the wonderful memories she now has forever. That can never ever be taken from her.
You were a very very special little lady Matilda Mae and the reason obvious; you have a truly amazing and inspirational mummy and daddy. Working tirelessly and selflessly to raise money for the Lullaby Trust to try and stop others following in their footsteps.
Your have touched so many, your mummy has created your amazing legacy.
I always contribute when I can to The Lullaby Trust. We have walked a mile, have ‘wanged wellies’, blown bubble kisses, made stars. All for you – we talk about you a lot in our house. You have really touched my whole family.
I intended to do as much as I can to support your mummy and the Lullaby Trust in your memory forever more.
I will never forget you Matilda. This, I promise.
** I had the photo taken for you – It was so perfect, just right for your birthday. It was done by a mummy who lost her baby too, that now writes name’s in remembrance in the sand for all the other babies taken too soon. The one I chose – a beautiful sunset with a star of the sea, just like you Matilda.