Michaela next to the sign that my senior class donated to the school
as our class gift the year I graduated. Class of 2017 standing next to Class of 1987.
There are times I look at you and I really have a hard time believing you are my daughter. I don't feel old enough to have a teen age daughter about to start high school. Just thinking about all the time that has passed since my own freshman year in high school makes my head spin. How could it have been so long ago?
You know that the day you were born my biggest dream came true. Being a wife and mother may not seem like a lot to some people, but it's what I wanted most out of life and the day you were born you gave me the mother part of that.
From that first moment when you looked up at me and you forehead wrinkled like your daddy's I've not been able to breath the same since. My whole world tipped over and slid around like a carnival ride and hasn't stopped since.
You've been a source of constant worry and constant joy. You are more beautiful than you will ever know, my "fabulous" girl. And, you are more loved than you even begin to comprehend at this point in time.
I admire your passion for those things that interest you. I love your kindness and gentleness. I envy your sassiness in standing up for yourself. I am proud of your tenacity and loyalty. You are a composite of your parents, but you are also definitely uniquely YOU.
Your first day of high school begins a whole new adventure for you. I am excited and nervous for you. Just remember to enjoy every second of it while you can. These next four years are going to fly by faster than you can fathom. There is so much to experience and so much to learn, I don't want you to miss any of it. I know your high school years are going to be amazing and I am so looking forward to experiencing them with you.
Because I love you and because I'm your mom and because you're a teenager (even though you have a good head on your shoulders) I have to give you advice before you begin high school. It's mandated by the mother handbook.
Don't forget to stay focused on your academics. Do take a couple fun classes. Don't mess around with drugs or alcohol. Do find ways to party and have fun responsibly. Don't let any guy treat you like you are unworthy. Do have fun on dates with guys that deserve you. Don't let any guy pressure you into doing anything you don't want to do. Do feel comfortable talking to Mom when in doubt about those types of thing.
Don't let any other girl make you feel less than amazing. Do surround yourself with friends who love and appreciate you for who you are and not who they think you should be. Don't shy away from your teachers and other adults at school. Do take time to talk with them and get to know them and let them get to know you.
Don't get in a car with someone who's been drinking or doing drugs. Do take keys away from friends who try to drive under the influence. Don't take on too many things. Do try new things. Don't take things or yourself too seriously. Do take other's feelings seriously. Don't let these four years slide by unnoticed. Do live it up and love every minute of it!
My incredible, smart, talented, athletic, compassionate girl, sometimes my heart aches for the little girl who ran to Santa with her arms outstretched saying "Santa, Santa, I LOVE you!" But, mostly I am in awe of the young woman you are becoming. Every day my life is more valuable because I get to be your mom. Always remember you are my amazing miracle and that your daddy and I love you more than words can say.
Have a wonderful high school experience at the best high school around! Go Pirates!
Love you always and forever!