Author: Karen Copeland
My Beautiful Daughter,
I remember you coming home from school one day, carrying a note from a friend. “Thank you for always standing up for me”, the note said. My eyes welled up in tears, not out of sadness, but because I was (and am!) so proud of you.
Learning to live with the unexpected has not always been the easiest thing to do. We have worked our way through some uncharted waters, tackled some sharp learning curves.
But we have also had so many moments that have been amazing and beautiful! Those times when we have laughed til we cried, where the path has been smooth and expected. I grab hold of these moments in my mind and smile.
I reflect on your inner beauty, your genuine kindness and compassion. Your empathy for and acceptance of others. These are qualities that many girls your age might not yet even know exist inside of them. And yet these gifts shine through in you. In the way you carry yourself, in the way you speak.
It hasn’t always been easy, but we are getting there. It may be different than what we were expecting, but we are learning that different can be good. Different can challenge us to be better people.
You may not know it yet, but you have incredible strength and courage already. You are resilient and you are and will be a great role model for others in your lifetime. I am so incredibly proud of you.
When I think of champions, I know you are one.
I love you, my beautiful girl.