(On Your 18th Birthday)
Like a dandelion
you sprouted into my life
from the moment I knew about you
I wanted you…
I dreamt about what you would look like
who you would be, who you’d become.
You’ve grown tall into your womanhood
more beautiful than a sunrise at sea
and I wish with all my heart
you would not have to fly away from me.
But, the path for each of our lives is unique
requiring I teach you to fly
so I am rejoicing as I watch you take flight
soaring into new heights.
Your dandelion’s petals blow softly
landing on other softened earth
spreading your joy to others
as you give your dreams their birth.
My daughter, should you ever need a place
to come back to and safely, gently land
I’ll be right here with arms open wide
My love for you knows no end.
~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2015, All Rights Reserved*
I know I’ve said this many times this last week but please, permit me to say it once more.
This last week marked turning points in both of our lives as you have now entered the land of adulthood and we can be better friends now.
I look forward to watching you take flight out into this big old world and seeing where God will lead you and what He has in store for you.
Rest assured that there will be many challenges ahead for you and you will have just as many heartaches as well as joys to go through. The main thing to know, remember and trust in is this:
As you stretch your wings and learn to fly, I will always be a soft place to fall. I will always be here to help you in whatever way I can even when I must use tough love. But even if I have to be tough, it does not mean I don’t love you. It means I love you more than anything in this world!
Learn to be confident in yourself and in your abilities. Learn to trust your instincts and to know when to say “no” to things and to people. Find a couple of friends who will keep pointing you to Jesus and will be the ones who know how to love you no matter what.
You are so beautiful. God made you beautiful. I wish you could see you the way I see you and I hope one day you will. My beautiful, loving, caring, intelligent daughter.
From My Heart to Yours,
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©Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2015