My beautiful eldest daughter Stefanie turns 28 at 12:52am the morning of October 18th.
She is the one who inspired me to follow my gut feeling. It is for her that I changed my life’s path completely, for the better, for both of us. It is she who brought out my natural inclination toward mothering. Stefanie is the one who helped me discover who I really was. She made me brave and strong, when no one thought I was, including me.
Just by being born, she forced me to visualize exactly how I wanted my life to be, what kind of mother I wanted to become, what I did and didn’t want in my life. And take action to achieve this vision.
Someday this will happen to her. I don’t know if her firstborn will bring it out in her, or if she will come to this realization on her own. Maybe it’s just a product of reaching a certain age or stage.
But for me, it was her. Stefanie is the one who made me who I am. I love her for so many reasons, but this is the one most special to me.
Happy birthday and thank you, honey.