November 10, 2016
Happy 17th Birthday my darling daughter!
When you were born, I saw your divine soul shine through those almond shaped deep blue green eyes, and I thanked God for the gift of you. You are my personal hero – who teaches me daily the meaning of love, devotion and dedication.
Thank you for the 17 sensational years we have shared. The many laughs, thrills, slippy slides, aces, loses, wins, falls, the gold medal moments, burning the candle at both ends, relaxing with a smoothie, hazardous hair days and the success and failures along the way have, like a beautiful work of art made you – – – the girl we all love.
I will never forget the summer after your first year of pre-school when the coach asked what nick name they wanted for their team, after some of the boys suggested, “Monster Truck”, “Hot Lava Lizards”, “Dinosaur Snakes” you looked at the boys, held up your chin up high and said, “Butterfly!”
As you elegantly dare to dream and to fly with the grace of a butterfly, beautiful, elegant and peaceful. I pray that you will follow your heart and listen to that little voice which, like a compass, will always steer you true north.
As you follow your road of life, you may encounter some Doubting Toms and Debbie Downers who may tell you your not good enough, or not whatever enough. I hope you will first pray, then have the courage to check in with YOUR voice, heart and passion and fight to stay the course and follow the best path for you.
Yesterday was 11/9 – which is possibly the worst day since 9/11, but today is 11/10. It is your day. It is a day that lifts me because I know our planet’s future, although it may appear to be bleak now, will be bright because you will not allow others to be bullied. You will stand up for racial, economic and social equality. You will be the light that inspires us all to be the best we can be. I have faith in your heart, in your soul and in your kindness. You are the epitome of intelligence, toughness, strength, calm, but most importantly, you are a blessing to all you meet.
Thank you – – – for making our souls and this planet blossom. I love you to the moon, and back infinity much and may your next year and chapter be an exciting adventure filled with joy, laughter and love – plus you’ll get to officially vote!
Happy Birthday sweet heart – – – celebrate and remember what Albert Einstein said – – “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” The best is yet to be!