To My Darling Daughter
In a blink of an eye, you have gone from being my precious tiny baby girl, to an inspirational young woman determined to create positive change in this world!
As you entered my world, just a brief sixteen years ago, you brought such wonderful, beautiful, and joyful changes to my life. The gift your presence is in my life is never ending. I continue to be amazed at how much better my world is because you are in it.
Yesterday I sent you off on a plane (on a humanitarian mission) to rural India. In your eyes I could see the jittery nerves that come from this first real act of independence. I could see the twinkle of excitement for the adventure ahead. And could feel radiating from your very being your deep burning desire to serve, enrich, and support the children/leaders/community of Udaipur.
Few put into action their desires for change. Sixteen years ago you changed my life and now in your very few years you have put into action your desires to see change in this world. I am constantly amazed at your ability to seek to understand and your strength based solution focused way of seeing this world.
I passed by your room this morning and it was so empty, quiet and clean (thank you for honouring that request before you left). I know in just a few short years this will become my norm and the busy days of rushing off to school or running from one sport to another will fade into the past as treasured memories. I look around and I wonder where your childhood dolls disappeared too. And notice there are no longer skipping ropes or sidewalk chalk to be tripped over. I wonder when the exact moment occurred when I stopped looking down into your eyes and started looking up as you grew taller than me. When did I stop dropping you off at birthday parties that involved cake and balloon and started dropping you off at airports so could travel half way around the world to lend a helping hand.
You have grown into this amazing, kind, generous, world traveler, truth seeker, social justice advocate in what feels like a nights sleep. And I have so many precious memories that have been created in what has felt like a blink of an eye.
Enjoy this experience, my beautiful daughter. Enjoy it deeply and profoundly. Step fully into the amazing person you are! And are destined to be!
With love always
© Kathy Bazinet 2014