My 2,000th post for my daughter on her 10th birthday April 16, 2014 By Karen Andrews 5 Comments Hello! You are welcome to subscribe to my updates for free. Happy reading! Age 6 & 7 Age 8 & 9 Dear Keira, As I approached my tenth birthday, I remember mentioning my excitement about the milestone to a neighbour. She shook her head emphatically and said, “You don’t want to grow up”. You’re on the cusp of your own tenth birthday, but I’m not going to say the same to you. You do want to grow up – to live, love and embrace all the experiences the world will throw at you; those you choose to embrace, and others you will have no choice but to. But I’m not going to get ahead of myself. You’re still young, with a head full of delight and curiosity. You observe and consider; absorb and reflect. These are talents, will offer ballast, during the times you will need to call upon your centre when making judgements and decisions. As I’ve – we’ve, your father and I – guided you through your first ten years, naturally we will help do the same for the next ten, and as many years we have left on this planet. I’m also realistic – we are heading for change. Teenage years – even tweens – will require strength, but I won’t be doing my job right if I don’t encourage your independence. No doubt we will challenge each other, but I will always love you. How could I not? Do you know the very first thought that popped into my head the moment the midwife placed you into my arms, seconds after birth? I thought, still reeling from the tumult and agony and agency of the birth, “Oh, that’s right, I get a baby”. Well, I didn’t just get a baby, I got you. When we were on holidays at Christmas we went down to the footbridge at the back creek. It is a local rite of passage to jump off the top, as it is a respectable height. I didn’t jump off it until I was in my later years of high school. Yet, as soon as you learned of its existence, you wanted to jump. And after a day of deliberation, you did. Your cousin waited in the water underneath, just in case; your father and I watched on from the dock, ready to jump in if needed. You barely hesitated, just stepped off into air. And in the second it took to hit the water I realised your strength. It takes strength to be a woman, and what a woman you will be. Love, Mum. xxx Karen AndrewsKaren Andrews is the creator of Karen Andrews. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time). « Cook, Swim, Library, Dance, TravelEaster 2014 »Comments katepickle says April 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm Beautiful words of celebration! Happy birthday Keira. katepickle recently posted..3D Foam and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures Reply Marnie says April 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm Ooh. Slightly teary after that! Happy birthday Keira.. Marnie recently posted..NEWS FLASH: Impossible Quiche Saves Day Reply John says April 17, 2014 at 6:48 am You are both very lucky to have each other! In the years ahead you will draw strength from each other and prosper. Best wishes!. Reply Maxabella says April 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm We are on the cusp of 10 at our place too and it feels surreal. What a beautiful letter to your daughter, Karen. x Maxabella recently posted..Pin of the Day: Apple slice cookies for afternoon tea Reply Karen Andrews says April 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm Thank you, Bron x Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.