On the eve of the 17th June I look back at the last 14 years and I am beyond proud.
There is a beautiful person who shares my life
The only person who has heard my heart beat from the inside.
Who knew those beats were only for her, love coursing though my veins flowing to her.
This beautiful individual who I've had the pleasure to watch and see grow into an amazing person who I couldn't be more proud of.
I watch her proudly at how she feels angered at the world she lives in and is empowered to change it.
I watch as she campaigns for justice for all.
I watch as she loves so passionately with every bit of her.
I watch her support her friends.
I watch her listen emphatically.
I watch her love them.
I see how she changes in front of me in to something beyond my comprehension.
I love her humour.
I love her sass.
I love her confidence
I love individuality.
I love how she is not afraid to be different.
Her ability to think outside the box.
I love her accepting nature.
I love how she challenges my thinking.
I love that she accepts no shit (my God my girl is strong).
This girl on the cusp of womanhood holds a lifetime of hope.
For she is our tomorrow
And if she represents our young people then I have no fear.
For this next generation is strong, they are fearless and they are not frightened to challenge and change.
Yet this kid I call my own is the only one who can make me laugh out loud ( "Mom!" She shouts, "I have a philosophical question? What is the purpose of dogs?" As I laugh out loud, she reminds me silence is not an answer unless by not giving an answer I am indeed answering the question!)
As music blared out - mixing from Latino tunes to reggae to Bob Marley to en vogue.
Making me proud she knows all the words to Gangsters Paradise, Shy Guy and En vogue.
Her style is unique from tutu, leather jacket and Doc martens one day to jogging bottoms and a hoodie the next.
Her never ending questioning nature.
I am proud.
I might have made her but the rest is all her.
For this I will always be proud.
My daughter, my love.
I love you beyond words.
No one can ever make me prouder.
Forever will I love you.
Forever will you be in my heart.