365 Letters to Myself

October 10th, 13th Birthday...


My 1st granddaughter is 13 – too quickly. I would like a redo, crystal ball…so I may replay over and over all these childhood years of hers. We know milestones will come, and yet we allow life to zoom by, longing to go back so we can pause them. (I should have simply been more present) She’s filled with many good characteristics - sent her a top 13. One of my favorite memories is taking her to Bippity Bobbity Boutique in Orlando, as they questioned her about which princess, what hairstyle, makeup, etc. – zero hesitation, she answered promptly, confidently. Such decisiveness at 6 – I remain in awe. I miss that she prefers her own bed now when sleeping over, rather than with me, stealing all the covers!


I was trying to remember my 13th – I am pretty sure it was a surprise party, thrown by a close grade school friend and her (at the time, perfect) mom. As someone not always liking attention on myself, I know it was hard, but also, I was incredibly humbled they choose to do so. Couldn’t believe all they did to give me such a special day. It meant, still is significant as I think about it now. My granddaughter, wanted to go out to dinner - rather than have at home. It was mellow, she was ‘embarrassed’ to have us sing-so we didn’t. Seems like a teenage girl!


My son – a heartfelt post on Instagram. He is feeling nostalgic too.


Hmmm, teenager…day 86!


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