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20 things I hope for my daughter on her first birthday

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.





4 thoughts on “20 things I hope for my daughter on her first birthday

  1. Thanks for visiting me. I look forward to following you — especially since I love everything and anything that has to do with Vermont. My first three years of college teaching were in Vermont, first at what was then Johnson Teachers College and then at the University of Vermont where I met my future husband. (Unfortunately that lasted only 20 years, but my family — son, daughter, and two grandchildren — are more than one could ask for.)

      1. Clearly the Burlington you love is much different from the one I lived in, but my visits there tell me it is ever more beautiful. At that time if we wanted to go out for a cup of coffee after 9:00 p.m. we had to go to bus station.

        I lived in the second floor apartment at 101 Brookes Avenue, just around the corner from the hospital and the University. The homeowners who lived on the first floor actually postponed renting my place when I left until after my October wedding in Winooski so I could be married from “home.”

        I never lost contact with Mrs. Chapman until she died a few years ago at the age of 100. Yup! I love Vermont and Vermonters.

        In the 60s, we had built a cabin in Stannard. Loved it there too, but had to give it up after our divorce in the 70s. Not right away, but after it was broken into for the final time, that time to be ransacked.

        Still, the memories are rich.

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