My darling child. Our clever little fox. How do I describe you? The sweetness in your smile. The butterflies in your eyes. The delightful sound of your laughter. Your old, beautiful soul. How do I articulate the ways you have bettered this world, simply by being? The ways you have bettered me. You are tender innocence. You are unending curiosity. And yet you exude a wisdom and a compassion far beyond your two years. You are as delicate as daisy petals and as stubborn as the strongest steel. A fire burns in you so bright as to blind anyone who dares to challenge it. And yet you are the most calming and unconditionally loving presence. On your journey through this life you will occasionally lose things; your baby teeth, your patience, your faith in others. But you will gain many things too; friendships, joyful memories, first kisses. I wish I could protect you from all the things that will hurt you along the way, shield you from the heartbreaks you will eventually encounter. Lord knows I would if it were humanly possible. But these difficult lessons will better you. Remember that every tear you will ever cry can be undone with a smile. May this life never make you bitter. May you never outgrow your imagination, your fascination, your brilliance. May you always be blessed. May you always see magic in the little things. The birds and the autumn breeze. Above all, know there is one thing you will never be without, something you will never lose, even when everything else feels lost.
My love for you.
Exponentially. Unequivocally. Always.
— a.duncan 2016