A Woman Like You, Perry P. Perkins

Heyya Baby,
I was playing with the baby this morning, after doing my writing, and I wanted to tell you something.

I know that, for as long as I’ve known you, you’ve worried about how good of a mother you would be.

I just want to tell you, again, that looking back at the last seven months, I couldn’t be more confident that you are (and will be) an awesome mother.

I’ve watched, again and again, as you put Gracie before your own comfort, desires, and needs, and always in a loving, nurturing way.

Not out of obligation or responsibility, but out of love.

I think that the examples and experiences that you’ve had, have given you the opportunity to either be the mother you feared you would be, or to learn from them and become with mother you wish you’d had.

You have done the latter, and I can’t tell you how much I respect and admire you for that. You’ve always been someone I’ve looked up to, and this is one more example of why.

Our daughter is blessed to have a mom who puts her child’s needs before her own, and does so in love. It means everything to me when I see you playing with her, laughing with her, and creating a bond that only a “good” mother can.

I think that our grandchildren will thank you for the example that you’re setting. I know I do.

You help me be a better “daddy” every day, and if our daughter grows up to be a woman like you, then we’ve succeeded.

I love you,

Novelist, blogger, and award winning travel writer, Perry P. Perkins is a stay-at-home dad who lives with his wife Victoria and their year-old daughter Grace, in the Pacific Northwest. Perry has written for numerous parenting magazines and anthologies, and his inspirational stories have been included in eleven Chicken Soup anthologies as well. Examples of his published work can be found online at, and on his blog at:

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12 Responses to “A Woman Like You, Perry P. Perkins”

  1. Gillian says:

    Oh that is so lovely. Every woman wants to hear those kind of reassurances because Mothering is a tough job and there is no handbook. Your lady wife is lucky to have such a supportive hubby who is willing to tell her she’s good at what she does.

  2. Theresa Leschmann says:

    What a wonderful tribute. Not only is your daughter blessed with a wonderful mother but the gift of tweo parents in a healthy, loving relationship. She’s a lucky little girl.

  3. Lyn Lomasi says:

    Awww, what a sweet note. Mothers need this type of reassurance every now and then. Mothering is a tough and loving experience that often goes thankless – not that mothers expect thanks, but it does feel good when we get it.

  4. Cathy Doheny says:

    What a moving letter! So glad to hear a husband’s perspective for a change!

  5. Linda St.Cyr says:

    Absolutely wonderful letter. Every mom needs to hear this from her spouse, it means so much.

  6. Kim says:

    You’re a great dad. Your wife is extremely lucky that she has a husband who is both caring and understanding.

  7. Connie Clark says:

    It’s a shame that more husbands can’t tell their wives/partners how much they mean to them. I happen to be a lucky one there as my husband tells me how much I mean to him often. Kudos to you Mr. Perkins!

  8. Angel says:

    Very a sweet, wonderful letter to your wife. I’m sure this gave her tremendous joy to read.

  9. Sharie says:

    Such beautiful sentiment! Made more so by being expressed so publicly…From hints in your letter, your wife had to learn to mother w/o a proper example. I’m bettin’ it is that she’s been inspired to do so by your obvious love and support. That’s how it’s supposed to be, and you are to be commended so highly for not only noticing her love and efforts, but for letting her, and us, know how you feel.
    May your daughter and the two of you only continue to grow in your beautiful bond of love.

  10. Carol says:

    What a beautiful letter! Your baby’s name is the same with my daughter, so when i got soo angry to my hub every once in awhile, i read this letter and pretend it’s from my hub. Then i’ll get less angry. Thanks! :)


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