I can’t give you perfection, but I can give you all of me, without holding anything back.
I can give you my whole heart.
I can let you see me laugh and cry and everything in between.
I can admit when I’m wrong (even if it takes me awhile to realize sometimes).
I can hold you when everything seems to be falling apart.
I know I will disappoint you sometimes. I wish that wasn’t the case, but it is.
I will hurt your feelings. I will snap when I should be kind. I will be hard on you when you need softness. I know that I will, (I have already).
I will let you down. More than I’d like to admit.
I can’t give you perfection, dear one, but…
I can listen when I realize I’ve hurt you. I can apologize and do my best to do better the next time.
I can be your safe place when you mess up (again) and believe me, you will mess up a lot. We all mess up a lot, my love.
My eggs are often overcooked and I always burn the toast, but I will give you enough to grow and think and dream. It will be enough to be an astronaut or a lawyer or an artist.
I am messy and disorganized and I forget to sign your school papers.
I’m fiery and sometimes I react before I think it through.
I’m grumpy, tired, and stressed more than I’d like to be.
I can’t give you perfection, not even close…
But I can give you room and space to feel your emotions too.
I can give you my listening ear to hear your stories, your fears, your struggles, and your dreams.
I can give you my best and my bravest. I will never stop loving you or striving to do better by you. You are my treasure, my star, my firework.
My heart is yours, forever and for always.
I will partner with you and stand by you through every hardship, and through every milestone.
I won’t be perfect, but I will be present.
Despite how I fail, I pray that you will know how widely and deeply and safely YOU ARE LOVED. The thing is, dear one, I can’t ever give you perfection, but I don’t expect perfection from you either.
Feel free to make a mess and to make mistakes. I will be right here by you. I have lots of experience with messes and we are in this together;
Every. Single. Step. Of. The. Way.