Hi My Sweet Little Girl,
I am watching you smile sweetly at your daddy. He’s whistling and making funny noises at you while he tickles the space between your eyebrow. I am glad you still have space between your eyebrows, but I am thinking that won’t be the case much longer. I won’t pluck them though–not until you’re old enough to care about them. And if you turn out looking like this we will celebrate your beauty.
I see you getting bigger and more observant. And I feel the pressure. Because, Baby, I want to be the best mama I can be. I know I’m a novice when it comes to being a Mama. But to be the BEST? I know what that means:
It means that even when I want to save you, I have to let you fall.
It means that when you fall, I show you empathy and give you a shoulder to cry on.
It means that I will continue to sit in a closet and pump you bottles for as long as I can, because I know it is the best nourishment I can give you!
It means that I will swallow my jealousy when you flirt with your Papi–because every girl needs a daddy like your daddy and my daddy.
It means that I will sing “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” to you, even when you begin to request “#1” every time we sing.
It means that I will make sure you get to meeting, even when I think of a billion excuses for myself.
It means that I will set you up for failure now while you are young, so that I can “Love and Logic” you into a successful adult.
It means that I will support your Daddy when he gets after you (even though it isn’t the way I would do it).
It means that if you want to be a car washer, “starving artist”, or bicycle mechanic, I will support you.
It means that if you want to be a teacher, doctor, lawyer, or indian chief, I will support you.
It means that if you want to quit your job and move to another country, I will support you.
It means you will have my unconditional support (this statement is invalid if you ever decide to drop out of high school, smoke cigarettes or do anything harmful to your body.)
And when you do stupid things (because I know that you will–even though I am dreading the day that happens), I will still love you–but I will (try to) allow you to suffer consequences.
It means that when you get hurt roller skating down a ramp, I will rush you to the doctor and love you up.
It means that when you’re sick, I will clean up your throw up without letting you know that you’re disgusting–and I will sleep next to you to be there in case you need me.
It means that if ever you do need me (while you’re living your own life in some remote place), I will move heaven and earth to be there.
And, Lord help us all, when you start getting hormonal–I won’t make you feel like an alien. Even though you will most assuredly act like one.
It means that I will probably embarass you one day. There is no way I will be the “cool mom,” and you will pretend that you don’t know me. But I will show you how to love yourself by not caring what others think.
It means that I will teach you to love unconditionally: the old, the sick, the weirdos, the unfortunates, the privileged and the poor.
And when I get old, I will hide my weakness from you–to give you extra time to love your Mama.
It means that when our roles are reversed, and you’re giving me a bath–I will probably complain and worry that you’re wasting your time on me.
When I look at you, Ale, I see how perfect God made you. And I mean it when I sing, “I really think that God above created you for me to love. He picked you out from all the rest, because he knew that I’d love you the best.” I love your chubby cheeks, and if they stay chubby when you’re 29–know that you are beautiful despite what the magazines say.
I know that one day, you will grow too big for your britches. Your Mama won’t be the light of your life. You’ll make plans to be the complete opposite of me in every way that I annoy you. But if there is one thing that you should accept and adopt–let it be this love I have to you. Because THIS love is a legacy. I come from a long line of loving ladies, and like it or not, that love is concentrated all on you.
Love always and forever,