A Letter to My Daughter on her 10th Birthday

This is a bit belated, my lovely (and I’m so sorry) but is no less heartfelt than if it written on the day itself.

Happy birthday, my sweet girl.


I can hardly call you baby anymore. (But you know I will, because in my heart, you always will be.) You are that same little girl who loves her cute creatures, stuffed animals and fun clothes – and so much more.


You hate to be called petite and will call out anyone who does; but while you may be slight in stature, you are huge in personality.



May you always be quirky and silly.

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You are sassy and (mostly) fearless. You definitely love attention. And sequins.

Especially sequins.

I am tickled over your love of learning and your passion for science – who else could generate so much enthusiasm for spotted geckos or the Fibonacci sequence? Dinners would be much quicker without the science lessons but they would also be dull.

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You make your own rules (which sometimes are quite convoluted and/or known only to you), and march to the beat of your own drum. You are a complicated girl, fierce and loyal, one who ALWAYS wants to do her very best.


My lovely, you have such a big heart. You care so deeply, and your heart bruises so easily. If I could give you one thing as a parent, it would be a thicker skin and a poker face, but I have little luck building the same, and have no idea where to begin. I can only pray that you don’t let the world get you down, and that you hold onto your dreams and your enthusiasm with both fists.

Lately, you have been so sad, and when pressed you confess that you don’t want to grow up. You want to stay just as you are. And while part of me wants to scoop you up and cuddle you on my lap and freeze time forever,  the rest of me can’t wait to see where this next year will lead you. There is so much greatness in you! Your imagination is boundless…

…as is your temper – and this is only the first of butting heads, you and I, but I promise to work on my patience while you do, too. I love you so much, and I love you even when you are angry with me, or your brother, or the world. I will be right here for you when life gets tricky and you need a hand to hold or a hug to comfort you. I admire your spunk and determination.

The world is so much more complicated now that I don’t envy you having to navigate the emotional tight-rope that is the world of the tween girl. At the same time, I can’t wait to see you grow and spread your wings.


And fly you will.


Happy birthday, my sweet girl. I love you to the moon and back.




  1. Jenn, this is a beautiful tribute to a beloved daughter. I think you have captured all her unique qualities. She is very special, and we shall see where she flies. Love Gmom Phyl

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