My dearest first born I can’t believe that you are turning 18 today,
My beautiful girl is now an adult.
How scary is that?
Yet while I am so proud of the woman you have become I would love to go back to the beginning and raise you all over again.
To the hourly feeds and nightly cuddles.
To the waking up to find you in our bed all snuggled up with your teddy beside you.
To the pretty dresses and impromptu dances in the street.
The memories you have given me are beautifully wrapped up in my heart.
Wow Kennedy this year is going to be a year of changes.
The big wide world awaits you as you head off to university later this year.
Following your dreams of becoming a teacher.
I joke about how quiet the house will be but really I already ache for the missing that will come with your leaving.
Yet I am so excited for the adventures you are to have.
The friends you will meet, the things you will learn.
The world is simply your oyster but never forget you are and always will be my precious pearl.
This will be a time of change and i accept that.
It’s hard to let go but remember wherever you go, whatever you need I will be here.
Being your mom doesn’t end when you become and adult.
My arms will always be open wide for you.
My heart full of love and fear for your future.
I know at times we have clashed.
In fact at times you have drove me mad, but know this.
I so admire your drive and determination.
You have one of the strongest wills I know.
Stubborn as mule comes to mind.
Stay strong but never forget it takes true courage to open your heart.
Love and laugh
Be crazy and make those special memories.
Be brave and daring.
Because you are simply the best daughter a mom could ever ask for.
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning