Dear Lily June,
At the risk of appropriating your mother’s salutation for her own online letters to you, just let me say that I’m responding in a humble way to her request for letters – letters to be addressed to you, in honour of your upcoming first birthday.
Of course, I wish a big Happy Birthday to you on your very First, on May 13th, 2016! (Well, technically it’s the anniversary of your First Birth Day, but let’s not quibble. 😉 ) I’ve no doubt you will have a fabulous day, surrounded with love and maybe even great new toys! Okay, I’m not sure about the toys part, but I’m absolutely POSITIVE about the love part.
Because, dear Lily June – as I’m sure it’s starting to dawn on your young consciousness by now – your parents absolutely adore you. Of that, you can be sure.
So what additional wishes can I possibly add, sweet little girl? Just a couple of things my own parents taught me. Humour me!
Attitude, Lily. An attitude of gratitude. My dad used to have a sign on his dresser that said:
I cried because I had no shoes…
Until I met a man who had no feet.
I still remember that sign from sixty years ago. It doesn’t need belaboring.
Add to that my mom’s pervasive belief in the glass that’s half full. She could see the silver lining in a bucket of rust. One of her favourite sayings during tough times was: “This too shall pass.”
And everything passes, Lily. That is why we must savour every day. Every hour. Every minute. Every second.
Soak up the love, sweet girl. Soak it all up, and give some back. It goes around, and it comes around. In the end, it’s all there is. ❤ ❤ ❤
The beautiful blog, Dear Lily June, can be found here: