I came in to watch you sleep this evening. So peaceful. My own little girl, as still as the night. I looked at you and wondered what you must be dreaming about. I hope you are happy my darling. I really do.
I wonder if you’re dreaming about our impending journey to another place, I want to wake you to tell you it’ll all be fine. I want to tell you how proud I am of you. I want to wake you, and hold you because I know deep down you’re still just a little girl who is feeling a few butterflies in her tummy. I am writing this letter to you, hoping you can store these words in your mind for the times you feel like it’s all too scary.
I remember when we told you we were leaving the only home you had ever known. I remember the look in your eyes, the look that said “I’m not sure if I should be happy or terrified”. I remember holding your hand on the way out of school for the last time, everyone saying goodbye, hugging and kissing you. I know it was a huge step for you. It was a big one for me too. I know you found it hard to leave everything you had ever known to move somewhere completely alien to you. My darling, we all found that hard, I promise you that.
I know you found it tough being the new kid, introducing yourself over and over again. I found that tough too my darling. But we did it! And look at us now! Look at how far we have come! Look at how you have grown. Can you see how much you can achieve if you set your mind to it?
You were shy at first darling, but you soon made beautiful friends. You went to wonderful parties, you shared secrets, you became part of an awesome team, and you played on the beach until the sun set. This is all because you made these friendships. You chose them and they chose you.
As our house is packed up and the “for lease” sign is put on the gate; I want you to know that what ever we do, wherever we go, we’re doing it together. It’s all for you. We want to show you just how awesome the world is, we want to show you it’s possible to go wherever you want and that you can be happy wherever you are.
I know you can make friends, I know you can get through the “new girl” stage. I know that you can find your feet again, and we’re going to help you.
We’re about to set off on another adventure, we’re almost ready to go. We’re starting our goodbyes, and giving out our new address, all the while I have my eyes on you. I’m wrapping you up in endless hugs, wishing I didn’t ever have to let go.
Can you believe we’re coming to the end of another awesome chapter in our own little book? I told you my darling, I told you this would be a good one. I promised we would have a brilliant time. Just imagine what’s ahead!
So my dearest, most precious, brave girl, let me tell you again. I promise you will love our next destination. I promise I will help you settle in. I promise that you will find your feet in no time at all. Most of all, I promise I will be there, holding your hand and helping you all the way. And when you’re grown up, and your own children have worries and fears, you can tell them all your stories and the tales from your book. You can tell them how brave you were, how you stood tall, and how that helped you have the most wonderful life in all these different places. They will listen intently to you as you story tell about the different faces you saw, the journeys you went on and the people you befriended. You’ll have friends all over the world my girl, and I have no doubt at all that they’ll be friends for life.
My lovely girl, it’s nearly time to go. It’s time to take a deep breath, hold your head up high and believe in yourself. A new adventure awaits my darling and I know you’re going to be just fine.
‘Daughters hold our hands for a little while and our hearts forever’