Dear Emily Boo and Laura Belle:
I love the two of you more than you will ever know, or comprehend. You are my greatest gifts, treasures, accomplishments. I do not know how I would get by in this world without either of you. I love you and am proud to be your mom.
You are both getting to an age where you are gone from our home quite a bit. We do not spend as much time together as we once did and I want you to remember some things as you go out and make your own way in this world…
Always remember to:
Love each other, care for each other, support each other. Relationships don’t come “naturally”, they require work. Try and say, or text, something nice to your sister everyday… it doesn’t have to be a big thing… “Your hair looks nice. I love you. I’m proud of you. You did a good job on…” anything along those lines, but be sincere, mean it, show it.
Be true to yourself. If you allow other people to lead you, guide you and think for you then you will cease to be the incredible young women that you are today. Stand up for yourself… “It’s better to be hated for who you are then loved for who you are not.”
Love each other.
Allow yourself to make mistakes and forgive yourself for them. You will make mistakes, don’t assume that is bad thing. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
Take your time. Life is not a race but a journey. College does not need to be completed in four years. Don’t feel compelled to have a career, marriage, children by societies standards… set your own! View life as an adventure rather than a timeline.
Love each other.
Make the world a better place. Extend yourself. It can be as simple as helping a friend or picking up trash, or giving a smile to the harassed checker in the supermarket. Support a cause you believe in. Whatever you do, put your heart into it.
Don’t let fear keep you from anything. I like this quote from Nelson Mandela, “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” I spent too many years afraid and I lost out on many wonderful experiences. Don’t let fear of failure, fear of the unkown, fear of embarassment, fear of ANYTHING stand in the way of what you want, who you are, where you want to go. Be brave… go sky diving, apply for the job you don’t think you’re qualified for, introduce yourself to that person you’ve been wanting to meet, etc. You are strong, believe in yourself, shine!
Love each other. Remember that I love you and there is NOTHING you can do to change that. I will always love you.
Peace and Love Always and Forever,
Mom, Mommy, Mama, Crazy Rafiki, Rachel, Mean Old Lady, Whatever