My Dearest Son,

I’m so sorry.  Tonight, I am letting you cry yourself to sleep.  I’m not abandoning you, sweetie, but that’s what your cries are saying to my breaking heart.  I love you, my son, and am only trying to teach you some independence.  If you only knew how much it hurts me to do this to you!  I just want to run in there and pick you up and rock you to sleep all night long.  I’m so sorry that I can’t.  You need to learn some independence and unfortunately this is the only way to do it.  I’m crying as much as you, my child!  I pray that you sleep sound and soon so that both of our pain will be quenched.  I love you!  Please don’t cry!

All my love, Mom