Happy Birthday Evangeline. I can not believe you are already six years old. It won’t be long now until you start Year One at school, just a few days in fact. You go in as one of the older ones in your class, just like you did this time last year when you started Reception. I am so proud of the little girl you have become. Six years ago I held you in my arms, my little bundle of chub and I loved you. I loved you from the first moment I knew you would be coming into my life. I love you today, this fearless, wonderful and persistent little girl that has touched all the hearts of our family.
I didn’t know what being a mother would be like. I didn’t know what challenges we would face together, and my gosh we’ve had a lot together already haven’t we? In the last six years together we have moved home several times, been on holidays, I’ve worked full time, you’ve been at nursery full time, we’ve moved from hostel to home, we have our Adam…the list seems endless. Every single day I have loved you and I always will. You, my darling daughter, are the reason I am here, doing what I do, trying to make the most wonderful memories so that when you look back in three, six, ten, twenty years time you do so with fondness, happiness and love.
All I want is for you to be happy. I want you to be happy with your life and who you are. I want you to continue growing as a strong, fearless, ambitious and loving girl. In this last year you have amazed me with your strength and the way your mind works. I am so proud, my daughter, of the challenges you have overcome this year. You have really grown. You make me laugh, although your jokes really could use some work. The things you do and the phrases you say are just plain weird but my gosh you really, really make me smile.
So, my daughter, what are you like at six?
You do not like to go to bed. No matter how often I tell you that you need to sleep you just can not switch off in the evening. Especially not before 8.30. You do love a lie in though and waking you up for school is a challenge. Once you have taken the time to wake up though your energy levels are through the roof. You tackle the school run which takes us 30 minutes each morning with strength and without complaining. Sometimes you run most of the way there. I don’t know how you can but you do!
You eat all the time. You love food, all kinds of food although you are becoming a little fussy. You do not like kidney beans in chilli, you do not like melted cheese but you absolutely love mozerella on the size of everything. You ask for sandwiches for breakfast, even though I say no pretty much every day. We’ve managed to get you to enjoy coco pops again, or Krave, even though you call them chocolate pillows. You love chocolate, you are a complete chocoholic actually. Chocolate bars, ice cream, milk, cake…that is completely you’re favourite flavour.
You have an interesting fashion sense. You like to put the strangest combinations of clothing together but you rock them. You prefer dresses and skirts but will sometimes allow me to suggest leggings if it’s a bit cold. You are tall and petite. You hate having your hair brushed but will not even listen if I suggest we get it cut to make it easier. You want to be a princess when you grow up.
You love your friends. You really do. They are so special to you. I know you get lonely without having any little brothers or sisters to play with but I am so proud of how you are with your friends. Well, most of the time anyway. You do have a few fall outs but most of the time you are kind, you share and you are never afraid to hand out a cuddle or two if someone is feeling sad.
You try really hard at everything but you are easily distracted. You can read now, you love to write notes and count, you love to swim and you have become really good at it since starting your lessons in February.
So far your favourite memory is off our family holiday to Disneyland. We really did have a great time and I’m glad I got to take you while you’re still very young. We will be going back though. You have been so many wonderful places in your years and we will continue to travel together as a family.
I can not quite believe that you’re already six years old but they have been the best six years of my life. I hope today is special for you, that you have fun, that you laugh a lot and you have fun with your friends and family.
Happy Birthday Evangeline, my dearest love, my special little one, my gremlin…my daughter.