World Daughter’s Day is celebrated on January 12 each year and in its honor, here is what I would like to say to my daughter:
I won’t be around when you’re an old woman and I never possessed the power or ability to create an amazing you, but I always believed that you were extraordinary.
I hope that the way I lived and worked will stick in your brain and remind you that challenging times mean nothing in the scheme of things, and will only make you stronger.
When your hair turns grey and your skin sallow, I hope your eyes shine as brightly and magnificently as they do today.
I hope you remember that your happy todays are equally as important as your unhappy yesterdays.
I hope you dance—even if it’s slowly and you’re not that good.
I hope you have a husband, a child or a friend you can spend the end of your life with.
I hope your mistakes and the mistakes of those who love you have long ago been forgiven and maybe even forgotten.
I hope you face your fears and scare them away.
I hope you belly laugh, dance like a fool, and sing at the top of your lungs—a lot.
I hope you do work that you love, but if not, that you always aspire to be the best at what you do.
I hope you let your children be children, and when they wreak havoc, jump up and down on their beds, or snuggle with each other under the covers to share their deep dark secrets, you let them.
I hope you celebrate every birthday with those you love, but as importantly, you find time to share your special day with someone who loves you.
When you look out the window and you see the snow blanketing the streets, take your kids out for a sleigh ride—no matter how late at night it is.
More important than having children you adore, I hope you have children that adore you. But always remember that you need to be patient, loving, attentive and kind to be worthy of their adoration.
I never have to hope you’ll shine because I know that’s who you are.