Today we celebrated your sixth birthday with homemade fairy wings, pixie dust, painted toe nails, giggling girl friends, cupcakes, punch and chocolate milk...and your papa and I were in Heaven watching you flit around as the beautiful fairy princess you are.
For so many reasons, I love you, Kate.
When I look into your eyes, I see the purest parts of all that is beautiful, available, and connected in the world. Different than me, you live smack dab in the present. You inhabit the right part of your brain completely and when the sunshine and wind hit your arms, you move them through the air to feel your body in space. When you're painting, you swoosh the brush and splat the paint pretending that you're Jackson Pollock, but only better. And when you're reading, you do all of the voices and pause for affect while waiting for your audience to notice the moment.
You remind me that life is a gift and that our only job is to look around and take it all in. You teach me how to be more and more open with greater vulnerability...to let down my guard and to try to seek experience rather than perfection.
You hug me and tell me that you love me to the moon and back a gazillion times and when I repeat the same, you retort, I guess we love each other so, so, so, so much and that's a good thing.
In a few short weeks, you'll start first grade and for the first time, you will be away from me more hours during the day than you ever have before. How is that possible? Where did the time go?
Watching the countless ways that you socialize at the pool, on the playground, and in line at the local Target store, I have no doubt that you're more than ready to be in school all day....it's just that I'll miss you. I'll miss watching you draw, listening to you negotiate with your sister, making your grilled cheese with the crusts cut off, encouraging you to take just one more nap so that I can snuggle next to you, braiding your hair before you put your ballet slippers on, and singing "You Are My Sunshine," while you dance in the living room.
But as you grow, which inevitably you will just keep doing, I pray that you'll continue to be courageous. Have a heart that trusts and loves even when there are no guarantees. Believe that at the core of it, people are good and give your friends the benefit of the doubt. Be patient with papa, you are his first daughter and will always be his little princess, so don't plan to wear a bikini well for forever. Know that we love you more than any ode could ever convey and that we hope this next year will bring you more joy, adventure, big love, and blessings than you can imagine.
Happy Sixth Birthday, Kate....love, Mama