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Dear Daughter-From Pigtails to Homecoming

Dear Daughter,

I remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. The day the doctor proclaimed, “It’s a girl!” And I was thrilled beyond belief and kept repeating, “It’s a girl? It’s a girl? It’s a girl!!!” That immediate overwhelming feeling of love that can only be explained by a parent. I never understood unconditional love until I had you, my dear daughter.

I remember being so anxious and excited for you to reach each milestone. First steps at 9 months? Yay! Starting Kindergarten at 4 years-old? You’re incredible! But now you’re in high school. I look at those round cheeked, pigtailed pictures and wonder where the time went. I almost feel like I wished those years away because I was so excited about how fantastic you were growing and developing!

As much as I miss those days, it’s amazing to see you now. Always focusing on family, school and dance. Wanting to be a world traveler (and making it happen!). I am so proud to call you my daughter.

There’s something about when it comes to having a great kid like you. I could talk about you and your accomplishments all day: smart, talented, caring, beautiful. You’re driven. You chase your dreams like no one I’ve ever known. Oh how I wish everyone had the chance to know you!

And now I watch you. I watch you complain about a pimple on your face, worry about your little brother or I embarrassing you, smile as you spend time straightening your hair so it’s just right for picture day, wiping away the tears as you dance in recitals or at competitions. You’ve gone from pigtails to homecoming and you’re not stopping. Next is dancing the part of Clara in the Nutcracker. And then–who knows? The world is at your door, my dear. It is for your taking.

Because whether you know it or not, I’m always going to be with you. I’m going to be watching you dance, watching you do what you love, watching you cry, watching you smile, watching you go through life, watching you learn, love and make mistakes–make wonderful mistakes and make perfect choices–both will make me love you more.

Remember this: I will always be with you. I will always be loving you. You are amazing.