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02/14/2014 12:38 EST | Updated 04/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Sending a Valentine to My Darling Girl, Amanda

Dear Amanda,

Happy Valentine's Day! I can remember all the times watching you write out your V Day cards and scrunching up your face when licking the back of the envelopes. After card #15, you couldn't stand the taste and when I wouldn't lick the envelopes for you, you found either a glue stick or used tape (if we had any left any wrapping Christmas presents).

Then of course, you always wanted to put a candy on the front of each envelope. Not just an ordinary silver Hershey kiss. It had to be a foil wrapped heart shaped chocolate with purple or pink foil. Do you know how hard those were to find? But we did eventually find them. Funny enough, they seem to be everywhere now. Purple is the colour. Strangely enough, at Christmas I bought a purple poinsettia. It is now Feb 14 and it is still alive and blooming in my kitchen. And I also found some purple carnations for Valentine's day.

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As I talk to my friends anywhere east of Vancouver, I am finding that there is still lots of snow and everyone is kind of tired of it. Whisper to Amanda -- it's time to stop winter now.

Yesterday I did a video taping for the Right By You campaign. It is an important campaign to increase the awareness of how youth suicide should not be a forgotten topic of discussion or issue. The campaign encourages people to go to the website and sign the online petition. Once there, take the time to go through the website. People are encouraged to contact their local, provincial or federal government officials to talk about youth mental health and how important that it is properly funded and supported. There are way too many young people in need of care and help. In the past week, I know of five families that have been in some form of crisis. Some local, others across Canada.

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We wish that we could treat each stressor like the puppy. But we can't and don't. Go to Right By You campaign and sign the petition. As people who care, we have to look after all the others who need us to be their voice.

Thanks Amanda for putting a fire under your mom and all the others who care.

xoxo

Love, Mom

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