An Open Letter To My Future Daughter

An Open Letter To My Future Daughter

My heart is already full of so much love for you.
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To My Future Daughter,

The thought of even having a child right now is one of the scariest things to me, but one of the only things I’m sure of. Who knows when it will be. Five years from now? Ten years? All I know is that someday you will be more than just a dream I have in my head; you will be a real, breathing human. And I have so much I want to tell you already.

The first thing I want you to know is that now matter what, you are loved. I never want you to forget that. There’s days I feel so alone and that I have no one, but my family makes sure to let me know that isn’t the case. And I’ll make sure that you know that isn’t the case for you. You will be so loved, by me, your father (whoever that will be), your grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles ect. No matter how alone you feel, I will do everything to give you the support system my family has given me.

I’ll introduce you to literature like my father did for me. I’ll take you to secluded beaches and mountain hiking like my mother did for me. I’ll introduce you to video-games and game nights like my brothers did for me I’ll take you on random trips to the mall and random movie nights like my grandmother did for me. I want you to experience all I ever have and more.

I’ll be there for your first ballet recital or your first soccer game. I’ll be there for your first day of school and your last (and everyday in between and beyond). I’ll be there for you when you fall off your bike. I’ll be there for you when you get your heartbroken for the first time. I’ll be there for you when your world seems like it’s crashing down. I’ll be there to tell you it’s going to be okay. I promise, I’ll be there.

I can’t wait to be your mom. I know it’s a long ways away and I have so much more of my life to live before I bring you into this world, but there will always be a part of me eagerly anticipating the first day I get to hold you in my arms. Being your mom is going to be the greatest thing I’ve ever done. I can’t wait to meet you and love you and watch you grow up. My heart is already full of so much love for you.

Along with the many good days we’ll have, the bad days we’ll have are inevitable. I know we’ll fight. I know some days you’ll feel like you hate me and some days you’ll feel like I hate you. But I promise, nothing could ever make me hate you. No matter how much we may fight or disagree, I will always love you with everything in me and be grateful for you everyday.

I want to be one of your best friends (even though I have to be your mom first). I want you to feel like you can confide in me, that you can come to me with whatever problem you’re facing in your life at any stage of your life. I just want you to know I will always be there and I will never judge you for the person you will become. I will always support you. I will always love you.

Life isn’t always going to be easy, but I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for all the struggles I’ve been through. Some days you’ll feel hopeless and like nothing is going to pan out, but I promise it will. If there is one thing I’ve learned so far in my life, it’s that things always have a way of working themselves out. You just have to be patient and let life run its course (easier said than done, trust me I know all too well). I already can’t wait to see all you’re going to accomplish.

It’ll be weird to read this down the road. When I’m pregnant with you, when you’re finally here, when you can read this yourself. I don’t know where I’ll end up or what I’ll be doing when I have you, but all I know is that one day you will be here and it will be the greatest day of my life.

I can’t wait to meet you, whenever that may be.

Love,

Your Mom

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Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You've taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and, more importantly, adventurous.

You don't realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn't see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can't see my life without you in it. It's funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn't know existed.

I don't even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn't have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the yin to my yang, and I don't care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I've learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.

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I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

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Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

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