Dear Claire (a day early)
What do I say to you? To the most amazing little girl who has changed my life in ways I never knew possible?
I remember dreaming about you before you were even here. I’d lay in bed wondering if you would have my eyes….if you’d have daddy’s nose…if you’d have the same spirit and imagination that we both had as kids.
But you, my dear, far exceeded any expectations I ever had. You have my eyes. You have daddy’s nose. And you have the biggest, most amazing imagination that I have ever seen. You are inquisitive and insightful and so very caring.
What I wish for you, on your fourth birthday, is that you stay the same. That you continue to fly free without worrying what the world may think of you – because who you are, Claire, is a kind, beautiful, smart kid naturally. Who steps up to the plate when I ask. Who is always helpful, patient and happy – genuinely happy – with life.
I wish that you remember not to take life so seriously. That if you find something to be seemingly too difficult, that you think it through, not quit. Never quit. I don’t raise quitters.
Don’t ever lose your spunk. And don’t ever let someone tell you that you talk too much. It’s not a character flaw, it’s who you are. And it’s better to have something to say than to hold it all in.
Never feel as if you’re not good enough. Because you are. And if you don’t believe that, then you’re only selling yourself short. Always live up to your potential and you will succeed in whatever you choose.
If you ever feel sad, it’s alright to cry. But don’t let those tears hold you down. Talk it out, work it out and walk away. Dwelling on the past doesn’t help anything.
Continue to be passionate in something. Hockey, firefighters, stickers, whatever. Have that drive – that push to always reinvent yourself. It makes you you: interesting, creative and fun.
When you were born, Claire, you changed my life for the better. You constantly remind me what it’s like to be a kid, full of ideas and promise. I love you more than words can describe. You make me proud, and so very, very happy to be your mother. I am lucky to have you in my life and I hope I never, ever take you for granted.
You have a beautiful soul, Miss Claire. Please never change. Happy Birthday.