It's hard to imagine you as a teenager when you are currently in diapers, learning your colors, letters and numbers, trying to ween off the bottle, temper your temper tantrums and are about to begin potty training (God help me!).
But, in the blink of an eye, you'll be there: adolescence. I am so excited for you and all the wonderful things you are about to experience.
You are a delightful toddler and bring so much joy my life. Although we have had our struggles, our bond is strong in large part, I'd like to think, because I let you be your own person. It took a while, but I soon realized that you needed your independence in order to thrive. You have had a strong disposition and character from the moment you were born and both have earned my respect. I hope we always have this comfortable unspoken understanding and that we remain close.
I also hope that you are as sweet today as you were when you were small; that you smile and greet strangers, are polite, kind and considerate and that you never lose your sense of curiosity.
You are in such an amazing time of your life; not quite an adult and no longer a child. You are growing physically and emotionally, so be patient with yourself because being a teenager can be confusing, frustrating and stressful, but also a whole lot of fun! In other words, don't be afraid to get into trouble every now and then, just no collect calls from jail, please.
No matter what you are going through, your dad and I will always be here to answer any questions you may have and we will do it openly and honestly, with only your best interests at heart. Come to us with anything, day or night. Just know that sometimes the advice we offer, you won't want to hear. Try to trust us, we were teenagers once too.
The friends you make and the experiences you are having right now will shape your future. Think twice about the decisions you are faced with, seek advice when needed and along the way, explore, enjoy and endure. It goes by so fast.
Please remember how important family is and that we want to be there for all your highs and lows. For as long as I live, or as long as you'll let me, I will support you, clothe you, feed you and be your biggest cheerleader, no matter what you do.
I love you more than words can express. Today and always.
This post is for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop: Prompt 4.) A letter to your future teen.