Tonight, I stood over my three year old daughter, then my five month old daughter and watched them sleep and I found myself listing things that I wished for them in my head. I just wanted to share.
I wish that you find friends as loving as you are.
I wish that you have many great adventures and experiences in your life, but that you always come home to us safe.
I wish that you never know how it feels to be bullied.
I wish that I will always know the right thing to say when you need to hear it.
I wish that I am and will always be the mother you need.
I wish that when you enter your teen years and the hormones take over that I will miraculously know what to do to help you through it.
I wish that you will have close, lifelong friends and be a wonderful friend in return.
I wish that you are always healthy and are never in pain.
I wish that your life is long, very long.
I wish that you will not feel peer pressure, but if you do; I wish we instilled enough confidence in you to tell them all to pound sand.
I wish that you know how important your life is and how truly beautiful you are.
I wish that your heart is never broken, and if it is, I wish that you realize that even low times in our life define us and make us who we are.
I wish that you understand that at one specific time in your life, you may feel utterly depressed, but that it will not last and if you hold on a little longer, things will get better. And in your future, that instance will be nothing more than ‘awkward growing years’.
I wish you know that in your darkest hour you can count on your family and that we will move heaven and hell to help you.
I wish that you never fall victim to any addictions.
I wish that you look back on every year that you lived as ‘the best years ev-er’.
I wish that you never know what it feels like to be truly alone.
I wish that you will always be true to yourself and know that no matter what, your father, sister and I love you more than anything and we will always stand by you.
I wish that you will follow your dreams and do what you want to do. Not what we think you should do, or what you think you should do just to rebel, but what, in your soul, you want to do.
I wish that you will stand up and speak out against something that you think is wrong, even if it is something involving us.
I wish that you will always feel safe in speaking to your father and I about anything.
I wish that if you really need to speak to someone about a really sensitive subject that you can come to us and ask us just to lend an ear and not judge, and know that we will.
I wish that as you grow older, you continue to get as much joy out of every day as you do right now.
I wish that you always know what freedom feels like.
I wish that you always have a roof over your head, food on your table, a place to sleep and at least three people who love you more than life itself.
I wish you find someone who truly deserves you. Someone who respects you and realizes how much of a treasure you are.
I wish that you embrace your uniqueness as an individual and don’t aim to be just like someone else. Only you are the best at being you.
I wish that you have children as wonderful as mine.
I know that at some point in your life, we need to send you out in to the world and hope for the best. I know I can’t protect you from everything, but I can wish.
As a parent, what do you wish for your child(ren) that isn’t listed here?