To Whom It May Concern:
In an effort to conserve time, please read the following, and circle the appropriate apology:
I’m sorry I didn’t reply to your email, send you that thank you card, return your skype call.
Sorry I forgot to pay that bill, reply to that letter, keep that appointment.
I forgot to text you, then call you, missed the play date, and your birthday.
I wish I had joined you for lunch, for dinner, or for drinks.
I wanted so badly to come to your wedding, see your new house, meet your baby.
I meant to come to your shower, your party, for that shopping trip.
Sorry I was late, or rushing, and couldn’t stay.
I never found time to volunteer for your classroom, or attend the PTA meeting, or the fundraiser.
I said that I would bake cookies, or bring a potluck, or a bottle of wine, and then didn’t.
Sorry that when I do turn up, my mind is always elsewhere.
We should have played more, or did nothing, instead of therapy. I’m sorry: your sister needed me / your brother needed me.
I know you hate all the time in waiting rooms, and car journeys without end.
I should have picked up your dry-cleaning, cooked your favorite meal, made more time for you.
Just like I never had a pedicure, a facial, or just time alone for me.
My excuse is I’ve been busy parenting/ moving/ freaking out/ blogging/ driving/ trying not let somebody else down. So sorry to each and every one of you. And if you accept this apology, can it be good for the next decade or so?
Love and Kisses,