Jenna Bush Hager shares a homesick letter that her eight-year-old daughter Mila sent from a sleep camp
Jenna Bush Hager shared the heartbreaking letter her homesick daughter Mila sent her from the sleepover camp, where she will be staying for a total of three weeks, in which she says her husband Henry Hager actually considered picking her up that night.
On Wednesday’s show, the Today star, 39, opened up about the short but emotional message she received from her eight-year-old daughter, who wanted to know when she could go home.
“I got a letter last night that reminded me of a letter I was about to write, and it broke my heart into a million pieces,” she told her co-host Hoda Kotb.
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So sweet: Jenna Bush Hager shared the heartbreaking letter her eight-year-old daughter Mila sent from sleep camp on the Today show Wednesday
Hard to handle: ‘PS Dad, how long until you pick me up? I miss you too much. I have to stop crying. So goodbye. I miss you terribly, mom and dad,” wrote Mila
Jenna, who is also mother of five-year-old Poppy and 23-month-old Hal, then gave a dramatic reading of Mila’s letter from the camp.
“Dear Mom and Dad, I miss you. I wish I could be with you,” she read. ‘PS Daddy, how long until you pick me up? I miss you too much. I have to stop crying. So goodbye. I miss you terribly, Mom and Dad.’
Jenna said she was so moved by the message that she took a photo of it and sent it to her parents, former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
She admitted that her husband was ready to drive to camp—the same one Jenna attended as a kid—and get their homesick daughter.
“Isn’t that the saddest thing?” Jenna admitted to her co-host Hoda Kotg that her husband Henry Hager was actually considering picking up Mila that night
Like mother, like daughter: Jenna assured her husband that their daughter was “all right,” but noted that the letter was something she would have written at that age
“Henry says, ‘Shall we just go? Should I just go get her?'” she recalls. “I was like, ‘No, she’s fine.
“But isn’t that the saddest thing?”
Earlier this month, Jenna opened up about dropping Mila off at the camp and said they were both close to tears as they parted ways.
“She said, ‘Don’t cry, Mom,’ and I said, ‘I’m not going to cry,’ I had my sunglasses on,” the former first daughter said, bursting into tears as she recounted the emotional moment.
Looking back: Jenna went to the same sleepover camp as a kid and felt nostalgic when they dropped off Mila
Emotional moment: Jenna said she and Mila were both close to tears when they parted ways earlier this month
Party of five: Jenna and Henry are also parents to a five-year-old daughter, Poppy, and a 23-month-old son, Hal
“There was something about it, because it’s the camp I went to as a little girl, so there was nostalgia,” she explained. “I also got out of the car and she said, ‘Mommy, I’ve got sunscreen in my eyes.’ But I knew she had no sunscreen in her eyes.
“It was just the feeling of… she’s old! How is she old enough to leave me for three weeks?’
After dropping Mila off at camp, Jenna shared snaps of her family enjoying the summer, including a photo of herself hugging her oldest daughter in front of a wall that had “I love you so much” spray painted.
“Photo Dump: I love summer so much,” she captioned the images.