Monday, June 18, 2012

Dear Little One

Dear Little One,

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Babydoll and I have the good fortune to be your Mom’s sponsor. It is an honor to be in your mom’s life in this way and my own life is better for it.

Almost 8 years ago, my own children were asked to be in your parent’s wedding. My son was three and my daughter was seven. You will see pictures of them in the wedding album. It was a fun day! Your mom was so beautiful in her dress and her smile lit up the room.

You have hit the parenting jackpot, Little One! Your dad has much love and wisdom to share with you. I still use his expression frequently, “You can’t stay full on yesterday’s hamburger.” This means it is important to always strive to be the best you can - not just on paper or in the past, but every day. Also, your dad has a big passion for music that is combined with a rare talent. For a musician, these two things are one of life’s rarest blessings; many people have love for music and lots of people have talent but not many people have both. To be a good musician requires patience, much time spent practicing and the natural ability to hear what many others don’t. For the child of such a parent, your life will be filled with music. See what I mean about jackpot?! Be sure to take every advantage of this.

I adore your mom, little one. She is one of the most beautiful women I know - literally. Someone told me once that hair is inherited from the mother’s side of the family. I don’t know if this is true, but if it is - jackpot, baby! Rapunzel is envious of your mom’s voluminous tresses. I know I certainly am! Your mom is tenacious. This is especially helpful when you reach grade school and begin studying the missions in 4th grade. It’s always good to have an expert researcher in the family! Your mom is also funny, loving and very loyal. These are all very important in life – you will go far with any one of these traits, but the trifecta is what will set you apart from all the rest.

As for my special message to you, I can only say what others that have gone before me have said:

Be kind. This seems like a no-brainer and there are many people in this world that are easy to be kind to. However, there are a few people that will challenge this creed and you will find them in your lifetime. Remember this rule, however, and it will make those people easier to deal with.

Your Parents Aren't Idiots - There are many golden years where your parents have all the answers. Then there are several years where you wonder how they got through life at all. Hang in there until you reach the time in your life when you realize their humanness and they only want what’s best for you.

Trust God, Clean House and Help Others – This is less a religious sentiment and more of a spiritual statement. Have faith in the bigger picture; that life is a balance of people doing the best that they can. Work hard on your own side of the street and the things that make you a better person and then take that energy and help other people. This is the recipe for a happy life.

Listen to AC/DC – Okay, so maybe this last one is more for me. It has little to do with good moral character, but I can assure you that 80’s hair metal has lots to offer.
I can’t wait to meet you, Little One. Keep going and growing until we meet up.