Thursday, August 9, 2012

A letter to my daughter on her 13th birthday


Its official. Since 8:26pm on August 2nd, you are finally a teenager. The thought makes me feel old. I don’t think I’m ready! I can’t possibly be that old. I still have some growing up of my own to do.

In five short years you will set off into the crazy mad world, to college or university. It seems so close. There are still so many things you need to know, so many things I want to teach you, and too many things I’m afraid of you learning. I miss you already. It makes me sad to think of you growing up - I have envisioned your wedding a dozen times, in my mind I have held your baby.

You have been with me for so long, the deciding factor in every decision I make. Part of me wants to let you go a just a smidgen and watch you make your own decisions, but part of me wants you to be all mine forever. You no longer call me mommy. You shy away from my hugs and kisses. Occasionally I get an “I love you.”

Enjoy the little things my dolly, all too soon they will become the big things. Eat cheesecake, dance in the rain, sing out loud and surround yourself with people who love you. Find what you love and figure out how to get paid for doing it.

Have no regrets.

Never be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, its OK if its a little scary. Always treat people how you want them to treat you. You are not better than other people and they are not better than you.

Remember that no matter where you are and what you do, I will always love you. I will always be your biggest fan.


All my love,
Mom


** I know its a little late, but I had this scheduled for the 2nd, but it didn't post. ** tommorrow I'll tell you all about the wedding!

25 comments:

  1. That was a wonderful letter! Belated happy birthday to your daughter.

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  2. What a lovely letter, happy birthday!

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  3. She's a lucky girl to have a parent like you, one who would write a letter like that!

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  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, to your TEENAGER!

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  5. What a sweet letter and happy birthday!!!! :D

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  6. Awesome letter...I wonder how many Mom's will read it and say that is exactly how they feel about their own daughter!!

    Happy Birthday teenager!!!!

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  7. Happy birthday to your teenager. I'll be checking in for tips.

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    1. :) if you have any tips, let me know

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  8. Wonderful letter! I have a thirteen year old boy, and I feel so many of the same things.

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  9. Happy Birthday to her! This was a great tribute to your daughter. THIS is what family memories are made of...

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    1. it was fun watching her read it, awhile I held back the tears

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  10. This is such an amazing moving letter and your daughter is lucky to have such a caring, loving mother as you. Here's hoping that your daughter had a happy 13th birthday as well!

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    1. she has had 2 cakes now, and is still hinting for a party - o boy

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  11. What a wonderful letter! Congrats to the mom who obviously is doing all the right things.

    Happy Teen Birthday to both of you!

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  12. Hey,

    I *love* this letter and I'm sure your daughter did, too :)

    (Although I hear you about the "getting old" part... I just did a letter to my five-year-old and I can't imagine him as a teen - yet!!!

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