An Open Letter to my Daughter

As high school graduation nears, I spend a lot of time thinking about who you are and your future. I have no doubts that you will find your way in this world, much quicker than I did. I see a confidence in you that amazes me, and gives me comfort that you will be who you are meant to be, and will live the life that you have chosen.

I do worry that you are not aware of all your options. You have the brains, confidence, and attitude to be anything you want to be. Over the past couple of years I have listened to you talk about different colleges, different majors, and even joining the armed services. I supported all of those as your decision to make. I only hope that you will continue to entertain these options and consider others as well. Please don’t lock yourself into a small world and think you can only consider the handful of paths you have witnessed.

You are a grown woman now, although you will always be my baby girl. It’s hard for me to accept that you are 18 now and going out into the world, but things are as they should be. My regret at this point is that I don’t have the resources to send you to the west coast school of your choice; I would surely pay it if I could. You deserve it.

The greatest graduation gift I can give you is freedom. You have my blessing, my sweet daughter. Go out into this world and make it your own. Find yourself, and find your way. Cut any cords that hold you back. Make your own decisions, and live your life with no regrets. Live in peace…live in love…live in light.

I love you Jessi bug.



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