I brought you into the world with joy and nestled your sleepy head against my breast.
I laughed with joy, when you took your first faltering steps
I clapped when you first spoke.
I cried when I left you for that first day at primary school.
I was so proud when you brought your picture of a tree and the sun, home.
I was terrified that first day that you left home to catch your bus to Big school, but hugged you for ages when you arrived home that day.
I was relieved when you passed most of your GCSE's.
I was immensely proud of you when you landed your first job.
I am so worried that you have left your job through depression.
I am heartbroken that you won't talk to me, and blame me for being the cause of your woes. I don't know what I have done wrong.
Please, my lovely daughter, do not shut out your grand parents, your brother, and friends.
I love you but don't know what to do. My heart is breaking.
A precis of a heart rending conversation I had tonight.