On Thursday you turned twelve years old. Twelve! Weren’t you just born yesterday?
You are a unique person, Lily. You are one-of-a-kind. I have never met anyone quite like you.
You are wise. You think things through, you have great insight, and you have sound judgement. Keep this up and you’ll do well in life.
You are ambitious. You have goals. Nothing stands in your way once you put your mind to it. You like doing well in school so you work hard and it shows. You get great grades and it’s because you work for them. Your class doesn’t listen at all to your teacher but he can depend on you to be the cooperative one. I’m proud of you for this.
You have a great sense of humour. You take being roasted so well and you dish it out even better. A few years ago you made a word puzzle in school with words that describe you. You wrote “werdo” instead of “weirdo.” So, we always call you “werdo.” You take it well and yell at us, “IT WAS A MISTAKE!” You make us laugh so much. You and your dad especially like to get into it, followed by a whole lot of laughter.
You are stubborn. This can be a good thing. You have morals and you stick to them no matter what anyone else says. You don’t let anyone change your mind on what you know is right. You don’t let anyone change who you are. Keep this up your whole life, ok?
You see the good in everything. Sometimes things suck but you take it all in stride. You find something positive and you focus on it instead of wallowing in the bad.
You love to dance. You’re good at it, too! This past fall you moved into a higher level and at first you found it difficult because nobody got your sense of humour and you wanted it to be fun and not so serious. You’ve fit into the class now though and you really enjoy it.
You are a voracious reader. You especially like to read Warriors books. You have so many of them and you’ve read them all dozens of times. Whenever we go to the library, you’re always taking them out. You’re also a big fan of graphic novels. You can devour a book in one sitting. You and your brother read every morning on the way to school and every evening when I pick you up. If it’s dark, you ask for the light to be turned on so you can see your book as we drive.
You love watching wrestling. You and your dad and your brother watch it together and enjoy it very much. A couple months ago you and your dad went to the Road to Wrestlemania or something like that. You loved it! You got a t-shirt, an auto-graphed poster, and and an experience you’ll hang on to for a long time.
Right now you’re jumping on the trampoline with your brother and your friends Julia and Layla. You had a sleepover last night and we watched Avengers: Endgame. You’re quite enjoying your time. After that we’re heading out for lunch, just me and you, and then to the rocks and gems show. You absolutely love rocks and gems. You get them for gifts and you search for them when we go out. You study them and you know them all by name.
I’m looking forward to spending this next year with you. I’m so glad I get to be your mum. You are a blessing to us and our life would be so boring without you.
Happy birthday, my dear.