I am not sure why, but I felt compelled to jot down some thoughts about life as you know it compared to life as I know it. You are growing up so fast. Most days I want you to be more independent and less irritable, but then I remember how painfully short childhood is. I remind myself to soak up every moment, even the stressful ones.
First and foremost, you are not right about everything despite what you believe. You are right that my tummy is squishy, but I don’t really think that is worth declaring to the world.
You are beautiful on both the outside and inside. Don’t ever think for one moment that the former is higher priority than the latter. This will be a hard lesson to remember when the boy of your dreams asks you to date him. Please ask yourself if he is also pretty on the inside.
You have one very overprotective dad and two very strong brothers. Don’t make them want to kill some young man by bringing home a total loser. I really don’t know any way to sugar coat that warning.
You are smart enough to choose a boy who treats you well. If he’s not into you, don’t punch or yell at him. That may work in preschool, but it is frowned upon as you get older. For the record, I approve of Parker.
I wiped your behind more times than I care to remember. It truly is one of the sickest responsibilities that come along with parenting. When I am too old to take care of myself, I better be repaid in full. Translation: Prepare an extra room in your house for dear old mom.
No matter how painful it will be for me or how scary for you, try living someplace far away from home for a period of time. Get to know who you are outside of your comfort zone. When you decide to get married and have my grandchildren, you need to return. My heart will feel empty without you.
Know that I love you because you are an amazing woman and I can already see that in your tender age of 3. Forgive me for yelling at you throughout the majority of your teenage years. I can’t stand drama and you are a big ball of it on a daily basis.
I will always be honest with you. I want to protect you from making some of the mistakes I’ve made in life. Luckily, I got the important stuff right…or at least I think I have.
I, like you, am continuing to grow. Age does not guarantee wisdom. I hope we always remain close. Know that I feel blessed to have you as my one and only daughter.