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A letter to my daughter.

  My dear Princess,
      HAPPY 16th BIRTHDAY, SWEETHEART!!
May you always be healthy, happy and keep spreading cheer everywhere you go!
     Did you like your birthday gift? I know you will love the one in the bigger package..you always wanted it! But I hope you like this one too. I have been meaning to write a letter to you, just pour out my heart to you, since quite some time. And, what better day than your 16th birthday!  Its a  milestone in a girl's life...and I wanted to make it special. Now, stop rolling your eyes and read on, young lady!
     You know, Anu, I always wanted a daughter; even when I was a little girl myself. So, when I came to know that I was going to have a baby, I made a demand to God to bless me with a baby girl, a healthy, happy baby girl.  I even thought of a name for you and not a boy! Every one would tease me about what I would do if I had a boy, but I was very sure I would have you. So, when you were born and the doctor announced, " Its a girl!" I just wanted to grab you in my arms and run to the rooftops and dance with joy! I know you will ask me if I actually did such a 'ridiculous' thing- in my hospital gown!
But, you WERE the most beautiful little girl I had ever seen and you were MINE! Honey, I can't tell you how happy you made me. And your dad...he had a very funny look on his face- as if he was the only dad in this world to have a daughter! He was so happy!
     I simply enjoyed looking at you...how you crawled around the house, trying to grab your own shadow! You would keep following me as I rushed to finish my chores....you were my little tail! And your prattle....your cooing....these were like music to my ears! Every time I scooped you up in my arms, I felt  blessed. You exuded such warmth, even as a baby...And, you are still the same...warm and loving.
    And Missy, do you know, how naughty you were? My God, you were quite the tom boy! The number of complaints I had to face because of your pranks!! You really drove me up the wall! Don't you laugh now, girlie! Just wait till you have kids of your own.  But, at the same time, you were also very  caring. Do you remember how you carried our howling Nidhi when she fell from the slide and was all bruised and bleeding? And you were yourself a little girl then!  You are my Miss Congeniality, sweetie! Stay this way....always!
  And, look at you now...all grown up!  My little devil is turning into a pretty, young lady! Its really such a beautiful time in your life, Anu! Enjoy it, my darling.  Go out, meet new people, explore the world. Its really a wonderful place  out there, although a tad scary. But I know you are a smart girl and know how to handle situations. You have got it from your dad, that streak of fearlessness. I am so relieved you aren't like me in that matter. I trust you fully to make the right decisions and take care of yourself. You are my hero, girl! Oh, yes, you are!
    Okay, okay, I will finish my 'borring' letter here.  But, first,  let me say it...you have made me the happiest, luckiest mother in this world and I am so proud of you! I don't ask for anything from God except to keep you healthy and safe. I hope, in fact, I know, you will fulfil all your dreams and desires. Just remember, whenever you need me, I will always be there for you...always. Enjoy your birthday, enjoy your life. Do the best you can. Just go for it, sweetie!
   Love you like no one else ( yes, I know it is your line, but now its mine too!) God bless you, my baby!
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                     Lots of love
                                                                                                                         Mum.

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  1. So beautiful dear, I was actually feeling as if I were to write to Kavya....so real emotions....

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  2. This is so sweet! It reflects your immense love for daughter. Its really a pleasure to see your baby grow into a fine young lady/man :)

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  3. beautiful letter. Loved the emotions flowing through each word.

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  4. Beautifully written, Shilpa. I could literally feel the love and emotions pouring out in the form of words. Your daughter is blessed to have you, and you to have her.

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    1. Thank you for visiting! But, let me confess, this letter was written by me for the daughter I wished I had! :-)

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