This one's for the girls, especially my daughter, Sarah, whose work writing a love letter to herself at Snowball last week inspired this post.
We've been through so much over these last 40 + years, and I just wanted you to know how much I love you. I really don't say this enough, and it's important that you understand the reasons why you are so precious to me. Let me count the ways. Here are just a few:
We are strong. We survived a youth that can best be described as tumultuous. But, like Dumbledore, we learned from our struggles. We now know that perfection doesn't matter (we are, and will always be, far from perfect) as long as we are learning from our mistakes and continuing to grow. You are amazing because you didn't give up, admit when you are wrong, and try to do your best.
Even when you thought you weren't worth loving, you let yourself be vulnerable when we met Chance. You are worth loving, you are capable of great love, and you are able to forgive and be forgiven. Your vulnerability is what makes you both strong and lovable, and it is a quality that I know you work on. Keep it up. It makes me love you all the more.
Finally, I love you (always) because you gave Sarah to the world. She's such a great kid. She's so much like you: empathic, opinionated ;), and idealistically wants to make the world a better place. You did that. You carried her, brought her into the world, and - with Chance and a village - are raising her into a a delightful young woman.
There are countless more reasons why I love you more and more each day. I will work on communicating them to you so that you really, truly, get it.