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Letters to Our Children – August

Some friends and I are writing letters to our children in a monthly blog circle! After you read mine, click here to check out my friend Jennifer’s letter next. If you click through each letter, you’ll eventually find yourself right back here!

dear emily,

Well, summer is almost over.   You’ve had a bunch of fun adventures. Your summer has been filled with trips to the beach, family members from all sides visiting from out of town, camping, swimming, birthday parties, and just plain old everyday summer fun that makes me reminiscent for my own summers as a kid!

The past 2 months I’ve really started to notice how much you’ve grown.  Not just in height (although certainly that too!), but also in your mannerisms and character traits.  This past month we were at a friend’s birthday party and you showed us a fierce sense of loyalty and justice that took me by surprise.  It was time to sing happy birthday to the birthday girl and the kids were being called in from outside.  You jumped up, excited for singing and cake!  When a child next to you said “I don’t want to sing happy birthday to C-” in a not-so-nice tone, you immediately jumped to your friend’s defense and told the child that they weren’t being nice.  You weren’t frightened of the older child, you didn’t stand there staring, you didn’t tattle.  You took control of the situation and convinced the girl to come inside to sing happy birthday because “C- was your friend and she needed to be nice to your friend!”.  I was so proud of you when another mom told me what happened!  I hope you will always defend those who need defending or who can’t defend themselves. You have a strong sense of right and wrong and you don’t have any trouble speaking up!  That is so important in today’s world where bullying is such a terrible problem.

I used the word fierce earlier to describe you and I think that’s a good word for you!  I can see your fierceness in these pictures. It makes me happy to see you strong and fierce, but it also makes me sad and a little fearful.  Sad, because it reminds me of how fast you are growing up.  I remember my chubby little toddler so well.  I still see glimpses of that little person sometimes – in a small hand, in the curve of your cheek while you sleep.

And fearful, because I know the world will try to remove that fierceness and strength from you.  You’ll be told you’re bossy, and talk too much, and should act “more like a girl” and people might look at you strangely. I hope you don’t ever hear those things or are made to feel like there is something wrong with you, but if you do, just hold up your chin and keep being who you are! Something tells me, you won’t have much trouble doing just that!

Love always,

Fierce Girl girl running Girl on Swing swing from above girl snoozing in car seat Super girl queen of the hill Feeling new grass girl looking up secret place

super girl

Girl hiding behind chair

  • Rebekah - Terri, what a beautiful and moving letter to your daughter. And I, too, can see her fierceness in these images! She’ll be a force to be reckoned with and there’ll be no stopping her. What a beautiful thing!ReplyCancel

  • Terri Collins - Thank you Rebekah!! <3ReplyCancel