Lately I have started to think about what Ellie will be like as a teenager.
She is about to turn 8 and I seriously don't know where the time went.
It this amount of time again she will be 16.
And I feel like I have only had her for a little while.
When she is 16, these are the things I want to tell her.
Like what you like.
Even if no one else likes it.
Even if it is hankies and Barry Manilow.
Fly your freak flag proudly.
All. The. Time.
To your friends.
Learn a firm handshake.
And how to change a tire.
How to properly apply make-up.
And how to make your favorite cookies.
Love your body.
It's the only one you're gonna get.
Love the curves.
Love the imperfections.
Love your curly hair.
Volunteer your time.
Find something you are passionate about and make a difference.
Every little thing you can get your hands on.
Read the classics.
Keep your body healthy and strong.
Get lots of sleep.
But always eat the cupcake when offered.
Carbohydrates are not the enemy.
Test your limits.
Whether that be running a marathon
starring in the school play.
Do something that scares the living crap out of you.
Tell me everything.
I want to know. I really do.
I want to know the smallest details.
Learn from your mistakes.
Like lots of girls.
Be friends with all of them.
Girls this age can be sketchy.
Avoid the drama at all costs.
Like lots of boys.
Be friends with them.
But be careful who you give your heart to.
Break the rules occasionally.
But be careful!
Put the technology down.
Enjoy nature and green things.
Do a good job.
Don't half ass things.
Carry your weight.
You can do anything you want to do.
Hang out with Dad and me occasionally.
We love you.
Now I am going to go hug little tiny (nearly) 8 year old Ellie and be thankful she is still little.