Dear Matilda Mae

Dear Matilda Mae,

You do not know me sweetheart, but I know so much about you.

I have followed your journey from when your Mummy was pregnant with you. I had the pleasure of meeting you once. I was at the same Kiddicare event that you went to with your Mummy. You were such a bright-eyed baby. You loved the music and the dancing in the event room.

Not long after that event did the imaginable happen. The one thing no Mummy or Daddy should ever go through. The thing no brother or sister should ever hear. That you had grown your wings. You had become a star in the sky.

Cruelly and so suddenly snatched away from your family. The cruellest part is that there wasn’t any reasoning for you to go. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. No one knows why it does it. Why it tears the very hearts out of parents chest. Why it deprives brothers and sisters of their siblings, grandparents of their grandchildren, aunt and uncles of their nieces and nephews.

You would be so proud of your Mummy and Daddy, Matilda. They are truly inspirational people. Your mummy especially. I am proud of her so so much. Her strength. Her courage,. Her heart. All so strong when they should be crumbled. She’s doing it all for you. For your legacy. So no more parents have to go through what they did when they lost you.

I can’t believe that it has been nearly a year. Nearly a year since I read the message that you had gone. A year since we all grieved for you. Because even though most of the blogging community may never have met you, we felt some of the pain that your parents were going through. I wish I could reach through the screen and hug your Mummy. Every single day I think of you. I think of her.

So much has been done in the past year to raise awareness of SIDS, for your legacy to continue on and your Mummy and  Daddy have been at the centre of it all. Campaigning. Raising awareness. Raising money. Doing as much as they can.

There have been Welly Walks, Toddle Waddles, Family Walks, Ladies Nights, Skydiving events and so much more….and there is more to come this year including the Matilda Mae Barn Dance.

I am so proud to be part of the community that have pulled together in your name. To be part of your legacy. I am so thankful to your Mummy for letting me be a part of something so terribly special.

We will never let you be forgotten. You will live on in the legacies being built in your name. Your death will not have been in vain. You will raise awareness of SIDS. You will raise so much money for The Lullaby Trust and for Bliss. You WILL save other babies Matilda Mae. I am sure of it!

You will never know what a special little girl you are. But we will show your Mummy, Daddy, Brother and Sister just how much you mean to all of us and we will be there for them for as long as they need and want us.

We will never forget you beautiful Matilda Mae.

xxxx

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I am linking this post up to more letters for Matilda Mae over at Ghostwriter Mummy

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7 Comments

  1. January 27, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    Oh this is just beautiful Rachel and brought a tear to my eye. xx

  2. Rachael
    January 28, 2014 / 11:11 am

    This is lovely.
    I never met Baby Tilda either, but I think we have all been touched one way or another by her passing. It still breaks my heart. x

  3. Rachael
    January 28, 2014 / 11:12 am

    Sorry, don’t know why I said, either! x

  4. January 28, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful letter x Thank you for remembering Tilda, for all you do in her name for The Lullaby Trust, thank you for being my friend x

    • January 30, 2014 / 6:59 pm

      Thank YOU Jennie for allowing me to be a part of it all. xx

  5. February 23, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    A beautiful letter. It is an honour to call you a friend and to have jumped from a plane with you!
    x

    • February 23, 2014 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you Susanne – it is also an honour to call you a friend, you are an amazing lady xx