And Then She Was Eight
A Birthday Letter To My Daughter
Before having children, I had no idea that I was so sentimental/emotional about birthdays. The following is a letter that I wrote for Moo on her eighth birthday.
This special day comes around every year. You’d think that I’d be prepared by now, but I’m not. At least not emotionally. I know that for you birthdays are about spending time with your favorite people, getting out of school early, presents and special lunches with sweet treats. Also, I know that you feel like it takes forever for your birthday to get here. (You spent all summer reminding us how far away December was).
But for me it seems like the time in between each birthday isn’t long enough. Time is one of the things almost everyone wishes they had an unlimited supply of. There have been so many different moments your life that I wish I could have hit a freeze frame button on so that we could have dwelled in those moments forever. Unfortunately time is ever constant. Always moving forward and these years. with you (and your brother) seem to be passing by in the blink of an eye.
On this special day, I want you to know that I am prouder than ever to have been chosen to be your mommy. I speak for the family when I say that you fill our lives with joy, happiness and lots of sparkles! I love that over the years you’ve taught me a lot of things. You’ve taught me the importance of being carefree. You’ve taught me so much about learning to love myself as I am in any current moment instead of focusing on how others (or even myself) wish I were.
Your compassionate spirit and willingness to lend a helping hand to others have always been admirable traits. I love that you don’t allow people (or yourself) to put your in a box. You can be a quiet introvert one minute, then an adventurous extrovert the next. You absolutely love dolls, but you keep a collection of Thomas & Friends mini trains. Dressing up and dabbling in makeup are your all-time favorite activities, but don’t let being fancy stop you from getting down and dirty in the dirt either.
The list of qualities that I love about you is endless. And I’m not just saying this because I’m your mom. You light up and bring sunshine to any and every room place you go. You’re amazing like that! Seriously, people stop to compliment me all the time on “what a happy, bright and beautiful child” I have whenever we’re out and about.
My prayer for you on your eighth birthday isn’t for time to slow down, though I wish it would. Instead I pray that you continue to be compassionate, kind, gentle, loving, adventurous, fearless and uniquely you!
I love you, Moo!!
You’re well on your way to changing the world. I’m just happy that I get to come along for the ride and help navigate along the way.