Letters to Our Daughters
My Big Girl Sofia Anela,
You are taking on the world, my girl. Have I told you lately how proud I am of you? All day long – you chatter about all you’ve done and seen and heard. I love our date days. We go, hand-in-hand, to the shops or for a cupcake and coffee – just you and me. It’s so lovely to find these pockets of time during the day now that you aren’t tied to your afternoon nap. They mean so much to me, and — I hope — to you.
The more you do and see, the more you shine. Your world is broadening – it’s before you – big and bright. And you love it all, especially getting older and doing more.
You turned four just last week, with a ballerina princess party. I had such fun decorating for it. When you saw it all, you gasped in delight, placed your hand in mine, and said, “Thank you mommy, for making my party so pretty.” You’ve always been so expressive. For a long time, that talent was turned toward fighting against the things you couldn’t do. But now, more and more, you are using it to express your joy, your delight, your charm, in the beauty that surrounds you. You wake me to open the curtains, “so I can see the pretty day.” You tell me how you love watching the sunset every night. I pray you keep hold of this deep capacity for delight.
The world is there opening for you, my girl. You are poised, watching, waiting.
And like most mothers, I have this worry. This fear. This mantra. And it is this:
Be shiny and bright. Please world. Be shiny and bright, for my girl.
On the 10th day of every month, I will write a letter to my daughter and attempt to capture her essence in photos and words. A few other special ladies will do so as well, and we will link our blogs in a circle of love and letters. After mine, please visit the blog of the lovely photographer, Heather Meyer, to read her touching and beautiful post.