dear silly girl,
this letter is going to take awhile. i’m just going to keep adding to it until i think it’s finished because i have high hopes for you. some of my hopes are just simple things. some of them aren’t tangible. all of them are what i want for you.
i love you, little girl.
i hope you read for pleasure.
i hope you try to play an instrument. any instrument. even if it’s just the recorder. i am a fan of the piano if you need an idea. 😉
i hope you write. write anything. your story, made-up stories, any story.
i hope you choose friends over boyfriends when you know you should.
i hope you take naps. never take sleep for granted. it will be all you can think about when you have kids.
i hope you go to college after high school. do it while you’re young and relatively worry-free. it’s so much easier then.
i hope traditions matter to you.
i hope you date for a long time before getting married and having kids. growing up is inevitable. once you’re there, you’ll wish you had slowed down on the major things.
i hope you learn how to cook things that don’t come out of boxes.
i hope you go to the beach with your best friend before you settle down.
i hope you come home every Christmas.
i hope you stay in touch with at least one childhood friend.
i hope you remember your grandparents.
i hope you know how beautiful you are, inside and out.
i hope you know what to take seriously and what to disregard.
i hope you love to laugh and all things associated with doing it.
i hope you don’t make fun of other people. it’s one of the worst forms of meanness.
i hope you know that nothing good happens after 1 a.m. go home.
i hope you’ll keep your house clean. never know when company will show up.
i hope you’ll keep your doors locked and be safe.
i hope you won’t let your heart put yourself in danger.
i hope you give up junk food sooner rather than later. but not pizza. never pizza.
i hope you find a career that you care about. it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make you rich.
i hope you remember to change the oil in your car and buy new tires when you need them.
i hope you’re a girl’s girl.
i hope you have a best friend and that you’ll be a best friend.
i hope you know how strong you are.
i hope you remember to pray even when things are good.
i hope you eat strawberry waffles with whipped cream on Saturdays.
i hope you prefer being outdoors to being holed-up in the house.
i hope you have manners. even if you’re teased for them.
i hope you have few secrets and few regrets.
i hope that when you do have a secret, you know when to keep it and when to spill it.
i hope you go to concerts. all kinds.
i hope you celebrate your birthday every year. even when you turn 30, 40, 50, and so on. balloons and cake required.
i hope your husband is your best friend for life.
i hope you’ll accept failure as a learning experience and move on from it. life is not set in stone.
i hope you have opinions about everything.
i hope you sing. loud.
i hope you recognize it when you fall in love, and i hope you fall hard.
i hope you know deep down that when your heart is broken, it will heal. even when it feels like it won’t.
i hope you’re happy with who you are. it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. they don’t live inside your head or your heart. don’t ever apologize for being you.
i hope you’re humble. even when you’re great.
i hope you do something to help people who are suffering. if you suffer, and i hope you don’t, start there.
i hope you won’t use credit cards unless it’s an emergency.
i hope you’re honest no matter what.
i hope you’ll give without condition.
i hope you’ll forgive. it’s not easy and sometimes it won’t seem possible, but try.
i hope you’re not hooked on social media or anything computer-related for long. read something, make something, go somewhere. don’t watch or listen to other people do things or say things. it’s only a highlight reel and more often than not, it isn’t real at all.
i hope you don’t wear pajamas or wrinkled clothes out in public. not even to wal-mart.
i hope you use your health insurance and go to doctors such as dermatologists and gynecologists when necessary. trust your instincts if something doesn’t seem right.
i hope you go to therapy if you need it. it’s not weakness.
i hope you have a reputation for smiling.
i hope you’ll call me often and come see me when you can.
i hope you will be kind.
i hope you balter from time to time.
i hope you shine apologetically.
i hope you know you are loved. just as you are.