I watched you playing tennis at the school yesterday. There you were, all grown up and blossoming into someone I can’t help but to admire. Your life was the greatest surprise I have ever experienced. You were sweet and beautiful from day one.
Dad and I always joked that you got the very best of our genetics. It’s true! Your beauty is almost obnoxious. Your sweet soul shines around you and I sit in awe with the thought that you came from me.
Watching you grow, seeing the world through your big green eyes, has been the adventure of a lifetime. Your first steps, the first time you tasted a lemon, watching you learn to swim, to ride a bike, it has all been the sweet golden syrup on the pancake of my life.
I feel guilty sometimes because you have been the very best part of my life, and I have just done the best I can to be your mom. I had no idea what I was doing when we brought you home from the hospital. We sort of figured out the whole mom and daughter thing as we’ve gone along. I suppose we’re both still learning.
It is surreal to see you all grown up, doing the same teenager stuff that I used to do. I remember being the age you are now, and I could never have imagined that I would grow up and have a daughter as amazing as you. I hope you live a fearless life and you experience adventures that set your soul on fire. I hope you always see yourself the way I see you, as absolute perfection. I hope you never lose your sense of compassion, it is one of my favorite things about you. I hope your life is exactly what you want it to be. And I hope you keep your heart and mind open, always.
I know your life hasn’t been easy. I know you have had to deal with my life never being ‘together.’ And I hope you know that every morning when I wake up, I try to get it right, for you.
I hope you will always think of me when you see the moon, and remember our long talks under the stars. Hearing your stories and listening as you figure yourself out and your ideas about life…those are my favorite things. Those are the sweetest memories that I will carry with me forever.
Thank you for being the unexpected little light in my life. I love you.