An open letter to our 21 year old daughter…….
Talk about a throwback moment! Today is your 21st birthday. I’ve been telling myself all week, “It just can’t be.” Never mind that all those people who said you would grow up in the blink of an eye were right, I just don’t think of myself as old enough to have a 21 year old. (No comments about that please) I mean I can totally remember life at 21. I was still in college thinking about what I would do when I graduated.
You are graduating from college in a few weeks and moving on in life. Your dad and I are really proud of you and what you have accomplished. But, most of all we are proud of the person you have become. Your are compassionate, a good friend, loyal, fun, hardworking, creative, motivated, funny, intelligent, courageous, dependable and more.
I would like to say that as your parents we can take credit for the way you turned out, but that would not be accurate. You have been very fortunate in your young life to be surrounded by many caring adults, including your parents, who have helped breathe life into you, challenged you to learn and grow, encouraged you to be courageous and bold in your endeavors, to not be afraid of failure and when you do fail to pick yourself up and try again. The life lessons have been endless.
Our prayer for you is that as you enter into this new phase of life – adulthood, the world of work and figuring out how to be even more independent (is that possible? :-0) that you will remember what our friend Dr. Ralph Money used to say, “If you see a turtle on a fence post out in the country, you know it didn’t get there by itself.” You have gotten to where you are not only because of your tenacity and zest for life, but because of what others have given to you in the process. We pray that you never forget that and that you will in turn speak into the life of others whose path you cross.
To whom much is given, much is required.
So incredibly proud of you and thankful to be your parents.