May you always have the imagination you have now
May you always believe in the good of people first and foremost
May you always see the world with wide eyed innocence; I loathe the future day when the dark glasses of reality and sadness cloud that vision
I admire you. I admire your passion and your fierce loyalty to your friends. I admire your humour, your huge capacity for enjoying life right down to the bones.
I see you. I see you brightening every room you enter and furrowing your brow when you are puzzling something out. I see you breathe a little faster when you are stung by injustice and I see you hug the ones you love with every piece of your soul.
I know you. The day you were born and they placed you in my arms, you and I were already old friends. Your eyes are the waves of the ocean, the wind through the trees, the beats of my heart. I always knew you.
As you stand on the precipice of this transition to adulthood, I hope, my love, that you hold steadfast to all that you are today, right now. You are my princess.
I wish you the happiest of birthdays my darling Kathryn. Happy 14th year, happy forever.