Friday, June 18, 2010
Happy Birthday to my daughter!
This is me talking to my daughter...
I can’t help it every time I see you; you seem to be in a hurry to grow up. Raising an adolescent is probably one of the most challenging times in a mother’s heart. As your lola mommy would put it, “Now you know how it was...” Whatever generation it is, it seems to be a custom for daughters not to listen to their mothers, not till they have their own family and realize it.
Being a mom to a teenager, makes me face “girlhood” once again, as I relive my own experiences as a girl. The years of being restless and how I managed to carefully prevailed through the tough times despite my feeble and fragile youth. Now with you growing up in front of my very eyes, I want to shelter you from the pain and the hardship which I know will be next to impossible. For I know that whatever I tell you to do, you will soon go your own way, to take up your own destiny.
Nevertheless, I am confident that whatever challenges life will give you, you will come out of it triumphantly for we (you papa and I) have raised you to be resilient. Your experiences will mould you and that will be the fingerprint of your life. I may not be there every single moment of your life but rest assured that I will never stop praying for you.
Even though we cannot give you all the material things you want like the techie gadgets you want – iPod, iPad, laptop, camera and the list goes on, I know that you understand. We may lack the material wealth but you are not deprived of love and support --- and I know that in your heart you are aware of its importance.
We may have our differences but I can never imagine my life without you (and your brother). You are my first born, you inspired me to be a better person. It was when I had you that I realized I needed to have direction in my life – you gave that to me and I thank you for that.
I'm so grateful that God gave you as a daughter. No matter how many birthdays come and go, you'll always be my little girl. Happy Birthday, my princess!