You are 11!
This year has been a joy. I’ve enjoyed every second, learning about who you are, what makes you tick.
The learning isn’t over. We get to spend the rest of our lives figuring each other out.
What I have discovered is that you are one hardworking, young woman.
Your dedication to schoolwork is incredible.
You have boundless energy. How do you manage to spend hours jumping on the trampoline after school and never get tired?
You’re motivated to try new things and you have a bit of wanderlust. I can’t wait to share that with you. There are places I want you to see and places I want us to discover as a family.
I love how you always offer to do Zoey’s hair in the morning,
the way you appreciate order,
how you put up with my stories,
and your newfound love of Kevin Henkes books.
But mostly I just love having this front row seat, watching you grow.
Thanks for hanging out with me this year, for putting up with me through all the transitions of the last 12 months and for making your daddy who he is today. No doubt Syd, you as the first-born played a special part in making him the man he is.
I love you so much.
I look forward to your new year.
Happiest of birthday’s beautiful girl.
P.S. of course you get your own birthday song. I promise I’m not going anywhere. Just hold on, this is home.