The Official Writing Challenge
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What a letter--if the daughter doesn't cherish it now, she surely will in years to come.

From an outsider's standpoint, the "smileys" seem out of place here--they're more often seen in e-mail or chat. But that's a minor point--this is really quite a good piece.
I kind of thought the smileys were because you were writing to a teen and that is common with them or maybe an email. Great letter!
As a mother of three who will no doubt go through such issues, I found this really moving. I imagine the situation is partly fictional, but your mother's heart shines through. Beautiful, powerful stuff