I took our girl to IHOP for breakfast this morning on her 16th birthday. It's tradition.
I had to take a picture of her - with her hot chocolate and a big 'ole smile. Sometimes when I look at her - it's like looking in a mirror when I was that age. My mother looked just like my grandmother - I look alot like my mother - and my daughter - she looks like us all. How cool.
Now - I know I've told you many times, "be careful," "always tell the truth," "work hard and study harder," "you are the company you keep," "who you are when nobody's looking is WHO you really are," I could go on and on with the bits of advice and words of "wisdom" I have tried to impart upon you. But instead of doing that - today, I'm going to tell you this:
Sabrina: I am so proud of the young lady you have become.
How you never change who you are to suit others, (no matter the pressure they place upon you to do so)
and how you never waiver from your principles and values,
no matter what the cost.
YOU my dearest girl, are and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.
YOU are strong and good, determined and loyal, and so very innovative and creative.
YOU are valued, trusted, respected and loved. YOU are amazing.
Happy Birthday Sweet Sabrina! Enjoy this day as you begin the next phase of your what promises to be a rewarding and meaningful life.