Ten years ago today is the day we met. Happy Birthday my precious girl!! I can’t believe you are 10 years old. The picture up there is you, Daddy and I on your 1st birthday and that only seems like a-few-blinks-of-my-eye ago. I think the days must be passing so very quickly because you fill them all up with happiness. When I look at this picture the thing that stands out is your eyes – the way they look directly into the heart of everything, a look that makes me feel more seen than I’ve ever been or am likely to ever be again. I love that you look so deeply, and it makes me happier than I can tell you that you seem to like so much of what you see in the world. You are beautiful all the way through my love. If you were a stick of seaside rock you would be a rainbow of awesome. The brightest colours and the sweetest flavour.
Do you know what else I love? The way you show how loved you feel. The smiles you share with everyone who cares for you. The joy you take from pre-chewed gum. The delight for perfume and lippy. The way you wanted tossed salad & scrambled eggs for your birthday food. Who else would want that? Except maybe Frasier Crane. Oh my Emlyn, you are the tonic for all that ails me.
We are the luckiest family, do you know that? We get to spend our lives with YOU!! Your Gramma called you ‘Tiny Miracle Emmy’ because you were a longed-for blessing. You, my little chickpea, are loved so fiercely, so vastly and so very unconditionally.
Do you know that when you were born Daddy & I cried and cried with the happiest tears? Do you know that your Great Granma & Great Grampa were in the hospital when you arrived and they held you, quietly speaking blessings and prayers before you were 30 minutes old? Do you know that before you were born Ryan wanted you to be a girl, and so did Grace and so did Cam? You made them ALL happy (a first, I can assure you!). Emlyn Coates, filling the world with joy from the second of her birth. That’s quite the achievement, but hardly surprising for the bright soul you are.
Ma petite chérie, il mio tesoro, chickpea, egg, gremlin, bella, bella, bella, sweetie-my-heart…may every day of your life be so full of the love and happiness it has been so far. May you shine and have all good things. May laughter chase you and giggles overtake you.
Thank you for being my precious girl, I am blessed among women.
AND Happy Birthday Tiny Miracle Emmy xxxxx