13. You have always wanted to be a teenager. And here you are. My lovely girl is 13 today.
I can not imagine my life without you. The last few months have been hard at times and you lifted me up so often with wise words and a magnificent attitude. You have so much faith that it makes me have more also.
People look at you and see a beautiful girl. But when they look deeper they see a beautiful soul. A girl who never wants to hurt anyone’s feelings, a girl who wants to change the world. A girl so creative she can take takes pieces and make beauty. A girl so talented that she can step on a stage and hold audiences in her hand. A girl whose prayers humble me and make me want to be better. A girl who hugs and giggles and sings and dances every.single.day.
I love you so. I wish I could give you the world. I wish I could take you to every place we ever talk about. We could stand on mountain tops, race in ocean surf, stare down over glittering cities, relax on exotic rivers, wander through woods and jungles, ride camels over the desert, go on an African safari, spit off the Eiffel Tower, shield our eyes from The Greek sun, pick grapes in Italy, explore castles in Wales, stand in awe of the pyramids,see every Broadway play out there, watch penguins at the South Pole, eat chocolate soufflÈs in a little French cafe and so much more!
You have changed me. You have made me understand “I would die for you”. You have brought me closer to God, closer to Nature, made me love learning again, given me so much hope for the future.
At times I want to hold you down, beg you not to grow up so fast, pick you up and rock you and sing you lullabies. I want you to soar but I am not ready for you to be grown up. People always say how you look older than you are but they don’t know my sweet girl who loves her dolls, loves to color, loves to build fairy houses, and dances in the rain. Who thinks ‘crap’ and ‘butt’ are bad words. Always keep your childlike innocence my baby. It is what will always keep you young at heart.
I am proud of you every day and believe in you more than you will ever know. I just know that one day, I will be somewhere cheering for you, telling everyone around me, “That is MY girl”! I KNOW you have an amazing future. Your life stretches out in front of you like a magical road beckoning you with untold wonders. You can go anywhere, do anything, be anything.
For years people have always said to me, “Keilee is so lucky to have you”. Silly people, don’t they know that I am the LUCKY one? That you have given me everything.
Happy 13th birthday my lovely girl. I love you to Pluto and back my delightful, dreamy, dazzling, ‘dorable, darling, dear to my heart daughter.
A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend.î-Author Unknown