My sweet munchkin,
I cannot believe you have been in my life for an entire decade. You inspire me with your intelligence, your creativity, your kindness, and your work ethic. Your birthday month was a super stressful month for me professionally. The grace that you extended me grew my heart three sizes. Thank you for reminding me what grace in action looks like.
This was a year of firsts. You completed your first year of dance competitions. You grew so much in your poise and confidence on stage. This year you are doing two dances for competition. You thoughtfully considered how much you could take on which is wisdom that your mama did not have at your age. You dance three days a week now. Your stamina is amazing. Yes, I will continue to run after you with snacks and water. I know that you think I’m weird. Trust me, mama understands that your body needs the proper fuel to keep itself going. I love to watch you dance.
I love your thirst for knowledge and insistence that I read the books that you love and you think I’ll love. I adore that you want to broaden my YA book knowledge. Now if you can work on taking some of mama’s suggestions like Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Brown Girl Dreaming, my book nerd self would squeal in joy.
You made serious progress in the kitchen this year. You learned how to read recipes and attempt some on your own. I have so much fun baking and cooking with you. It was so amazing to have you make macaroni and cheese for you and your little sister one morning when I wasn’t feeling well. It made me feel like my parenting has come full circle. You learned how to do your own laundry too. These are all small steps on your way to becoming an adult. It is exciting and a little scary to relax the reins a little bit and let you take over.
As you enter the tween age, I want you to remember that I am always here for you whenever you need. There is nothing that you could do that would cause me not to love you. I love you always. Thank you for making me a mom.
P.S. I know this birthday post is ridiculously late. October was kind of a shit show for me, and you gave me so much grace.