I am sorry I won't be spending time with you
today. I am sick. I hate being sick. I hate it even more now because I can't be
around you- I don't want you to get sick! It makes me sad to be home but not
with you. But you'll have fun with Daddy today!
I was thinking the other day about something
important I need to tell you: you can do anything you want in the whole world!
Sometimes girls (and boys too, but mainly girls) think they aren't good enough,
fast enough, smart enough, skinny enough, tall enough, short enough, strong
enough...you get the idea. I am telling you right now- you are enough! God made
you just the way you are and you are enough. You have everything you need to be
whoever you want to be.
I will admit, Daddy and I have some dreams and
expectations of you. Things we hope for, things we have learned, things we
believe because of who we are and our choice in faiths. But just because we
have these hopes and dreams and expectations doesn't mean they are right for
you. We will do our very best to raise you and teach you all that we know. In
the end, though, you will need to develop your own sense of self, discover your
own values and beliefs and be true to them. We will do our very very best to
support you and accept you and your decisions, whatever they may be.
You will likely meet people who will criticize,
pick on you, and try to bring you down. Sadly, that's just the way life is
sometimes. Know this, those people are probably dealing with a lot of their own
"stuff." Try not to let them get to you. Life is tough out there.
People are hurting. I wish I could protect you from that, but it's better, in
the long run, that you hear the truth. Remember how much we love you. Focus on
the things that you love about yourself. Let all the negative stuff roll off
your back like water rolls off a duck. I believe in you. Daddy believes in you.
All your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins believe in you. You can do
whatever you set your mind and heart on. Nothing is impossible if you work hard
and trust in God. Sometimes it takes longer than you think it should. Sometimes
it ends up looking different than you planned. But happiness is out there and
my one true hope for you is that you find it within yourself when you are just
little and always hold on to it.
Whether you end up to be a concert pianist, a
doctor, a teacher, a construction worker, a tax collector, a plumber, a stay at
home mother, a lawyer, a zookeeper, a ballerina, a garbage woman, or a beach
bum braiding tourists hair- we love you more than words can say. And we're
proud of you.
Mommy and Daddy