After Manchester bombing, one mum pens an inspiring letter to her baby

PHOTO: Mummy Mumbles Facebook

As mothers mourned the heart-wrenching loss of their kids in the Manchester Arena bombing, many other mothers were gripped by fear for their children's safety as the terror threat continues to remain a possibility.

But not one mum, who took to the keyboard to pen an inspiring letter to her baby urging him to "Go out.... and do EVERYTHING" when he grows up.

Writing on her Mummy Mumbles Facebook page, the woman tells her son to toss aside safety concerns as "it makes me so sick to think I cannot protect you from the barbaric individuals who do things like this".

Her exhortation to her son: "Do everything you want to do. Go everywhere you want to go. See everyone you want to see.

"Go to that party at the club, go to school and university, go travelling and get on that plane, ride on the underground and go to that sports match, go on that holiday and see those sights, go to that shopping centre, go to that concert, go see that movie, go eat at that restaurant..."

Her letter was also dedicated to the future generation, the victims of the horrific blast which killed 22, including children, and their grieving families.

Many children and teenagers were among the spectators that packed the concert hall for American teen idol Ariana Grande's performance when a suicide bomber detonated his deadly device.

Photo: Mummy Mumbles Facebook

I cannot begin to tell you how sick I feel waking up to feed my son, only to read about the attack on a kids concert in...

Posted by Mummy Mumbles on Monday, May 22, 2017

After Mummy Mumbles wrote about how she felt like throwing up after waking up on May 23 morning to the shocking revelation that 19 had perished in the bombing, she received more than 470 responses and 41 shares for that post.

But it was her post of her frank and dignified letter to her child in the late afternoon of the same day that has really struck a chord with many mothers.

It has since been shared 98,947 times and garnered 68,000 favourable responses.

She penned: "I will not always be there to protect you from the cowards in this world who prey (sic) on the innocent and defenceless, but I will teach you to find reassurance in the courage, hope and bravery you see....We will teach you, our children, not to be afraid and to live harder, happier and stronger than any of us ever did."

Perhaps, the other mums feel her advice was more practical and sensible.

In response, Facebook user Sally Ferguson put up a drawing of a mother and child with these wise words: "It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless."

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Photos: Explosions at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

  • Salman Abedi has been named by police as the suspected suicide bomber. Source: Twitter/ @STcom
  • Police have arrested the suspect's brother, Ismail Abedi, and raided his house. Source: Twitter
  • A man adding a single rose to a the messages and floral tributes in Albert Square in Manchester, on May 23. Source: AFP
  • Women lighting candles following a vigil in central Manchester, on May 23. Source: Reuters
  • Messages and floral tributes are seen in Albert Square in Manchester, on May 23. Source: AFP
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  • Several monuments also lit up in blue, red and white colours, like the Orlando Eye. Source: Twitter/ @theorlandoeye
  • Zagreb: fountain tribute Source: AFP
  • London: Kingsbury Mandir Source: Twitter/ @SGadiLondon
  • Hong Kong: HSBC buidling Source: Twitter/ @breaking9news
  • Amsterdam: Central Station Source: Twitter/ @sebasvds
  • Abu Dhabi: Adnoc Group HQ Source: Twitter/ @AdnocGroup
  • Belfast: City Hall Source: Twitter/ @stuartrobinson1
  • Berlin: Brandenburg gate Source: Twitter/ @Nikiiide
  • Dubai: Burj Khalifa Source: Twitter/ @DCFCdubai
  • The Empire State building in NYC goes dark in remembrance of the attack victims. Source: Twitter/ @breaking911
  • Photos of the victims were shared on Twitter. Source: Twitter
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  • The arena broke into chaos, with people rushing to leave. Source: Twitter/ @hannawwh
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  • Source: Twitter/ @JSMcbrearty
  • People were seen rushing out of the arena. Source: Instagram/ @zachwhiteguybruce
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  • A woman posted on Facebook the results of the explosion on her belongings and body. Source: Screengrab from Abby Mullen's Facebook
  • A rumour about the explosion being a "big balloon" being popped was addressed by a twitter user who was in the arena. Source: Twitter/ @cj_coulter
  • The exit of the arena was packed. Source: Twitter/ @JSMcbrearty
  • The chaos of everybody leaving the arena led to heavy traffic. Source: Twitter/ @1875SHA
  • The police also released a statement on their Twitter page. Source: Screengrab from Twitter account @gmpolice
  • A bomb disposal unit was pictured to arrive at the scene. Source: Twitter/ @pavbeee
  • The police released another statement later. Source: Screengrab from Twitter account @gmpolice
  • Forensic police search the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain on May 23. Source: Reuters
  • Ariana Granda sent out a tweet after the incident.

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