Dear Son:

Take your time developing your man. Do not become a father until you are wholly committed to supporting the mother of your children and your children.

BEFORE selecting a partner, you must be fully formed and possess a high level of emotional intelligence.

A woman is not responsible for your happiness and you are not responsible for hers. Find a companion you suit and who suits you.

If she needs a father, pass. If she needs to be raised, pass. If she stifles, hinders or limits you in any way, pass. If her therapy is not working, pass.

And because you enjoy home cooked meals, she should naturally enjoy cooking. Not because she has to (she doesn’t have to do a damn thing), but because she wants to.

It is never your place to tell a woman what she can and cannot do. She is in charge of her own woman and treasure any moment the right woman shares any of herself with you.

You are going to grow and change. What you want and need will change. Rarely, will one woman be able to accompany you through every season. If she can, amazing. If she can’t, it’s okay to let someone go so you both can be free to be.

You are a wonderful human and there is someone for every phase and stage of your journey and sometimes that person is YOU.

Be comfortable being alone. Be comfortable being with someone. Do the work being your best self and never settle. The rest will take care of itself.

-Ma

Penning

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