Try and spend as much time with your grandfather as possible. I did a lot of time traveling with him when I was a teen and my 20s, he is a fountain of information and history. Silly jokes and good music. He is the best man I know, and has spoiled me with love and opportunity. Remember that.
This is about my someday daughter, already stung stained with insecurity begging, ‘Mom, will I be pretty?’ I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap listick and answer, ‘No, the word “pretty” is unworthy of everything you will be and no child of mine will be contained in five letters. You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing, but, you will never be merely pretty.
I think about you a lot, how you are a product of love. Quite literally, you will be a mixture of the greatest love story ever told, your father and mine. I hope he captures our bath times.
I will teach you what my mother taught me. I will also let you learn on your own.
Bad hair days will come more often than good ones. Also, you will look back at the popular trends like getting two tones in your hair at 16 and at 40 you will laugh at yourself. Hopefully.
You don’t have to care about what others think of you. People always judge other people, it’s the way of the world. Realize the people that love you are the ones that matter, all the people who want to stir up trouble are not worth the effort of worrying. You will be beautiful, and determined just like all the other women in the family.
I hope your life is filled with books. Piles of them. Because you can find so much in the pages of a book.
Dream big about your future. Dreaming means that you have inspired yourself for a better situation. Then, after dreaming, start doing.
Don’t drive like me.