Thursday, October 15, 2009
I knew in your little baby body that you were an old soul. How did I know? When I looked you in the eyes and cooed to you, you literally had a cooing conversation back, it didn't matter how long I conversed with you, you were always willing to chat at any length. Later when you were about 4 years old playing with a stuffed bear, I asked you what your bear's name was, your response, "Mom, it doesn't have a name...it's not a real bear"...or when I would remind you to pick up your toys when you were done...again your response, "You know, you don't have to keep reminding me" and the time when you were in 3 rd grade when you told me I didn't have to wake you up anymore for school if I bought you an alarm clock, in which I did and I literally haven't woken you up for anything since. I know that being such a rational and practical being can be stressful at times and it's very frustrating to you that the world is not black and white, because it would be a whole lot easier if it was, but you are truly a wise young lady. Your wise because you have manage to combine hard work, compassion, caring and silliness all together. Your hard work has managed to get you at the top of your class and rewarded you with honors and accolades, your compassion has led you to help others when they couldn't find their voice and to speak out, even if it meant putting yourself in a bad light, caring for not only people and animals, but caring for your community and the planet and wise for letting it all go and being silly and enjoying yourself in the moment. You have been and I know you will continue to be a wonderful daughter...no pressure, I know you put enough on yourself. Dad and I love you with all our heart and want to wish you a very happy 16th birthday today and only wish great things for you in the future....and NO, we're not buying you a horse!