Its finally here! The day you turn 18 and the day you’ve been waiting for, for such a long time! I remember so many days as if they were yesterday.
There was the day you were born. The long walks to nursery (that was just round the corner) because we had to take time to throw the stars back into the sky that you had caught in your dreams. The day you hunted out the boy at nursery who had been mean to your older sister and flattened him. The day we persuaded you to stop sucking your fingers (which seemed remarkably easy to do) and then you reappeared sucking your thumb instead!
There was the day you capsized sailing and I had to watch you bob in the water for ages until you could be rescued and then later on make hot chocolates for a caravan full of friends as you regaled your story. A heroine of the high seas!
There were the day(s) I had to tell you I had cancer and the day I got to tell you I was in remission.
There was the moment in the Moroccan souq where I thought I had accidentally sold you (and your sister) and then the offers of camels for you!
And of course just recently, the day you passed your driving test, found out you’d got into the art college of your dreams and got your first job
Through them all you have been wonderfully you. You are strong, brave, feisty and determined. There’s no denying that. You are also incredibly kind and loving and compassionate and loyal. A friend told me when you were born that your bold exterior would hide a tender soul. That has been so very true and you are a beautiful blend of both.
Onto beauty. My girl, you are breathtaking. You are gorgeous on the outside but it is the beauty that shines from within that takes my breath away every day.
You stand now on the edge of adulthood and you’re ready. You’re ready to go out and change the world but here’s the thing; you’re already a world changer. You changed my world they day you burst into it and you change the world of everyone you meet because of who are you and the light that shines in you.
As your mum, my hope and prayer is that we have given you roots and wings. Roots to always know you have safe harbour in life where we will always love and support you and wings strong enough to carry you wherever life takes you. Fly high my baby girl. You’ve got this.