You were born calm with those big eyes looking and observing. And you have kept that quiet calm preferring to stand back and check things out.
I adored you from that very 1st second when I discovered you were not in fact the little boy we had envisioned for all those months, but our baby girl. A delightful squishy happy singing, cooing baby.
Easy going toddler with your blankie and dummy watching endless hours of Barney.
You are an enigma to many. I know you don’t read so just so you don’t have to ask Siri: a person or thing that is mysterious and difficult to understand.
I love so many things about you but let me just list 10 to keep that ego in check!!
Your individuality. The one and only Sofes who is unaffected by peer pressure or the approval of others. You know your worth, you are figuring out who you are and not so reliant on the approval of others. This will liberate to really seek out your very self and purpose, an ongoing journey.
Your affection. You know Becks doesn’t do hugs, I hardly see Daniel, Auntie T is not a hugger but you randomly come up to me and fold yourself into my self. I love the feel and smell of you. I love how this affection is a gift not freely given but reserved for those lucky few.
Your capability. If I need the vacuum cleaner assembled or dinner cooked or a tent pitched or just about anything at all you can simply do it or you find out how. I wish I had that independence.
Your mix of femininity and strength. You can be the ultimate diva with your make up and swag but you can take out any boy or girl who gives you shit or gives one of your mates shit. You don’t bow to gender roles or stereotypes…you just do you never thinking you can't choose whatever you want to be or do.
Your protection of your friends. Remember how you laid into that one kid in grade 7 who teased Ben the whole camp and made him cry? You had enough of the bullying and you took him on and made the bully cry. It takes a lot to set you off but you will always fight for others, especially those who don’t stand up for themselves. I am glad it's become more verbal and less physical. You have a voice and you use it.
Your confidence. At a time in your life when it’s so easy to get super self-critical you can recognize your flaws (what flaws??) and accept them and still know you are beautiful and fabulous. You don’t fixate on the negative
Your fashion sense. You have always had it. 5 years old and throwing together an outfit that you had the confidence to wear. I don’t. I can’t even do my make up properly. Maybe you get that from Auntie Nina.
Your adaptability. We make plans and then life happens and you spend 2 seconds being disappointed and then you make the most of the new situation. Being flexible makes life so much easier.
Your tolerance of others and ability to embrace diversity. In fact you thrive on it which is one of the reasons why you love travel so much. You do not judge or compartmentalize, we have taught you to be a critical thinker and although this bites me in the arse sometimes, I want you to question and think and evolve and learn from others. You don’t know it all Sofes, I know at 16 you sometimes think you do but listen and learn from those around you. For all your days.
I pray you will have many many happy years on this earth. You will be an old lady one day with a life well lived with so many stories to tell. I wish you good health, good friends, grand adventures, passionate love. I wish you kindness and humility and patience.
I love being your mommy and I love we get to do many if these adventures together.
Happy sixteenth birthday Sofia, I love you very very much.