I watch you as your little feet creep steadily toward the waves. I watch you because I know I have to step in and grab you soon, before the waves do. You know no fear. You are headstrong and confident. You would keep walking right into the ocean if I let you.
This is a strength I see in you, but also a reminder to me that there will be many times to come in your life where I will be on the sidelines letting you exert your independence, but ready to jump in if necessary.
I love that you are unafraid. I love that you trust me enough to help you when you need it. I love to watch you explore your environment. I hope you always see things with such newness and excitement. I hope you don’t become jaded and bored with the world. I hope when others tell you ‘you can’t’ that you don’t believe them.
I want you to look at the world around you with wide eyes and see opportunity. I want you to carry this confidence into adulthood with you so that one day you can dive into the ocean of endless possibilities – and I can watch you thrive from the shore.