I have a special job for you.
I’m going to send you a warrior princess.
I’m going to make her look like her Daddy. Have your nose and the same sunshine spun through her hair that you do. She will have his stubborn streak and your dogged determination. She will look markedly different than other kids though and the world will try to tell you part of her is lacking. Broken. Imperfect.
They are wrong.
She is perfectly and wonderfully whole.
I won’t be able to send you a guidebook or a road map. You’ll have to follow your heart a lot of the time. Most of the time you will have to listen to your gut, follow your instincts, and do the best that you can. I know you are strong enough to do that.
I can’t tell you there won’t be times that you fall down. Times that you will rage at me. Times you will feel lost and alone. Times that your heart feels broken. But I trust you and only you to walk this path.
I’m going to make her happy….
But first I have to make her strong. There will be large mountains to climb and some dark valleys to traverse. Hold tight to those who stay by your side through the journey–those are your guardian angels.
I know you will light the path for the people on it behind you. Illuminate it and show them that it’s possible to make it through. Be the light like I know you can be, Mama.
Her milestones will look differently than others. Do not look to other’s to measure her progress. You are running your own race not theirs.
The world isn’t built for people like her yet. You will need to be her voice, her champion, and her biggest advocate. Share your story with the world–that’s how we will enact change. Lead by example, teach where you can, and always be kind.
Even when others are ignorantly not.
I picked you for a reason. You are the only one in the entire universe that I could give this role to.
This child to.
There will be grief and sadness. I can’t tell you there won’t be. But there will also be laughter and joy. Love and happiness. Incredible opportunities and hard work. Peace, gratitude, adventure and excitement.
She will be worth it.