This Thursday is Riley’s birthday. The first anniversary of the day that Pat and I were blessed with the most deliciously sweet, smart, and feisty little girl any parent could ever ask or hope for. I can honestly say that Riley has given me the most rewarding, love-filled, and happiest year of my life. And for that, I am so grateful.
After reflecting on everything that she has given me this past year, I can only hope that her life is filled with as much joy and happiness.
I recently read a great piece on Huffington Post and it really made me think of all the things I want for Riley in her life, and there are so many, but here are just a few.
For my sweet girl,
I hope you find happiness in life’s simple pleasures…sunsets, the smell of clean clothes..reading a book on a rainy Sunday…
I hope you treat everyone with kindness and compassion.
I hope you can see what is really important and what is not.
I hope you love with all of your heart.
I hope you find someone to experience and share your life with.
I hope you have children, lots of them.
I hope you dream big and take steps to make those dreams come true.
I hope you take risks, even if they scare you (and most likely scare me).
I hope you realize that everyone’s circumstances are different and that everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
And more importantly, I hope you are always treated with the respect that you deserve.
I hope you are a beer drinker (when you are 21 of course) and not one of those girls that can only drink fruity drinks.
I hope you don’t have OCD.
I hope you learn to cook from your GG, because sweet girl, you won’t learn from me.
I hope you like to wear high heels, but that you feel pretty in sweats.
I hope you have good rhythm like your dad and love to dance.
I hope you find a job that you are passionate about.
I hope you never have to worry about money, but that you appreciate and work hard for what you have.
I hope you make friends, good friends, that you will carry with you through all the different stages of life.
I hope that I am your best friend and that you can talk to me about anything, everything.
If nothing else, I hope that you are happy.