My sweet Munch,
This has to be in my top five favorite pictures of you and I. We are laughing and enjoying each other. I know that soon you won’t hold my hand in the parking lot or seek me out first for advice. My job is plant your roots and give you wings to fly.
I love your grace, kindness and empathy. As the oldest child, you are paving the way for your little sister. I know she can annoy you a lot. Don’t forget that both Daddy and I were the oldest in our families. We are experts in annoying little sisters. Thank you sweet girl for showing us unconditional love and forgiveness when we make mistakes.
The other day we talked about “pretty”. At first my heart sank because I thought you hated how you looked. Your definition was someone who dressed up all the time. I asked you to list off your best qualities – intelligence, artistic ability in both visual and performance arts (dancing), kindness and beauty. I reminded you that true beauty is both inside and out. I nearly burst into tears. The amazing young woman in front of me was confident and assured well beyond her years. You are so loved, my sweet girl.