While watching a television show, where the mother’s said goodbye to their 18 year olds going off to college, it hit me so hard – you are going to be leaving the nest before I know it. You turn 13 this year. I potentially only have five years left with you at home. And trust me, I am fully aware of how quickly those five years will go. I will miss you like crazy when you aren’t here. Whether you leave at 18 or leave at 24 or leave whenever – I will miss you terribly.
You’ve been such a big part of my life for 13 years, I hardly remember life before you. And it certainly wasn’t as good as it is with you in it. You bring me such joy. You light up my life. You’re such a sweet kid and I hope nothing, or nobody, ever dulls your shine. I want you to follow your dreams, wherever they take you, but I will miss you so much when you leave my nest.
I treasure our nightly walks. I treasure our snuggles. And our talks. I know things are going to start changing over the next several years. You will slowly mature, grow, and pull away. It’s natural. It’s the way God designed it to be. One day you’ll marry and your wife will be most important in your life – the way it should be. And one day, you’ll likely have your own children. But for now, I hold onto being your number one gal, your life, your everything.
I’ll love you forever.