Adult-ish; Happy 18th Birthday

Dear Chickie,

Did you wake up this morning feeling like an adult? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

I don’t know that my heart is ready to let you go. You’ll always be my little three year old with the smudged glasses and pigtails. I have so many wishes and dreams for your future.

I want you to be optimistic and hopeful. The road ahead of you will be filled with twists and turns and curves and bumps and detours. Don’t despair; remember where your Hope comes from.

I want you to be kind and loving. People will mistreat you, they will be rude and mean, they are hurting and broken. Don’t stoop to their level; remember who Loved you first.

I want you to be faithful. Stand up for what you believe in. Don’t settle for less than the Truth; remember who is True.

There is so much more I want for you – much of it you have already accomplished or already are… intelligent, funny, compassionate, confident, beautiful. Travel, try new things, explore, be daring (but safe). Change the world, leave your mark!

I am incredibly proud of you. I love you with my whole heart.
Today you are an adult, my daughter, my best friend.

Love,
Momma

 

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