This is the first summer that my Baby Girl (who is now NINE!) is going to overnight, sleep away camp. You all met her shortly after my FBC diagnosis, when she was a wee one, just 4 3/4. I am astounded by how quickly time has passed. I know that we all say it. But really. There are days when I can still hardly even believe that I am actually a mother, not to mention the fact that she is NINE and going AWAY for three whole weeks! Wowsy bowsy.
The truth of the matter, however, is that I am completely psyched for her. She is an independent, strong-willed, curious and joyous girl who is ready to spread her wings. Further, I’m ready to not only let her, but watch her soar.
On the eve of her departure, I am writing a letter to her and including (among other things) these 10 notes:
- Live in the moment. Don’t let life pass by in a blur, drive your own destiny and achievements. Make them your own.
- Laugh. Laugh long and often and be sure to live your life with someone who can share in that laughter.
- Value friendships. Nurture them for they are what sustain us and make us the best version of ourselves.
- Trust your instincts. Listen to those inner thoughts for guidance.
- Be generous. Generosity of thought and of action will pay back.
- Be appreciative. Notice the advantages that come your way; be gracious and grateful. Never forget the power of thank you.
- Don’t be afraid to say sorry. Accept that we can’t get it all right, all of the time.
- Positivity in the face of adversity. The positive will come out of a setback. Look for the silver lining, it is invariably there.
- Be true to yourself. Never care what others think of you, it is what you think about them that counts.
- Be committed, be engaged. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. Fear is unproductive and promotes failure.
* Photography by dear Elizabeth Messina