To My Lovely Daughter
It will soon be your birthday, which reminds me how lucky I am to have you.
To My Lovely Daughter
You were born a month early, and although you were a healthy weight, your pallor was pale because you had jaundice. I found out that it was normal for 8 month babies to get this, and it wasn’t long before you became a healthy pink, and from that moment on you thrived.
You were the youngest in the family, with a 9 year gap between you and the eldest brother. You were a sunny child, very independent, and very loved, with 2 brothers and a sister, as well as your dad and myself. You were always very untidy, your bedroom was like a tip, and nothing has changed
You were also very loyal, kind hearted, and compassionate, and you still are. I still remember the day you went to choose a kitten, Dad’s words of wisdom were. ” Bring back a big male bruiser who can take care of himself.” And because you not only had a mind of your own, but also had a kind protective nature, you chose Charley, the runt of the litter, with a nature just as feisty as yours. It proved to be a very good choice, because she lived until she was 21, enjoying a long and happy life.
Then you became a teenager
The teenage years were hard for you, we didn’t always understand one another, but when you came out the other side, you were the kind loving daughter that had always been there before. When you entered your early twenties, you had the sort of heartbreak that no person of that age should have to deal with, with the loss of your much loved sister. Although 7 years your senior, she had inspired you to become a very good swimmer, and you were both extremely close. As if that wasn’t enough, less than 3 months later, you lost Dad, the man who adored you so much, and the person you most resemble in looks and character.
You had to bear all this grief, and yet you supported me, and were there for me, just when I needed you. Words are not really enough to thank you for helping me to deal with the worst possible time in my life.
Like all strong willed people, you had to find your own path in life, but what an amazing route you have chosen.
You never resented Phil
Growing up with a brother with special needs wasn’t easy, and you never got my undivided attention, but as you have now chosen to work with children with special needs, I guess it didn’t faze you. I am so proud of you, your compassionate nature is put to such good use, enriching their lives, and making a difference for them, it is something that only special people can achieve, and you are undoubtedly very special.
As your 37th birthday approaches, you are still my baby, and always will be, you have a happy life that you richly deserve, and you are a wonderful mother. If your dad was here now, he would burst with pride to see you. Enjoy your life, and your birthday daughter dear, and I hope all your dreams come true.
LOVE FROM YOUR MUM XXXXXXX
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