Think girls need to be protected? Then you haven't met the women in my family. I wrote this letter to my daughter the day she was born. Here's to all the strong women out there raising the next generation of strong women!
My darling Elliona,
You’ve only been in this world for a few hours, and I am a basket of emotions. As I write this, I am staring at your perfect face feeling overwhelmed by love. You are the fourth child in our family, but you get the unique distinction of being our first daughter. Every conversation about you in the hospital starts the same:
“Is this your first baby?”
“No. She’s actually our 4th, but our first girl!”
“Oh wow! She’s so lucky to have 3 older brothers to protect her!”
I smile and thank them, but inside my head, I laugh. The strangers you meet don’t know this, but you won’t need protectors. You are a warrior. It’s in your blood. Your brothers will be the lucky ones to have you as their protector. You see, you come from a long line of women who are a fierce mixture of drive, stubbornness, compassion, and intelligence. The women in our family have a fire that burns in their hearts. When you are older, you’ll find yours and you will realize that nothing in this world can put your fire out. You will use it to overcome the impossible and handle the unthinkable. People will underestimate you and you will shock them with your power. You will accomplish anything you put your mind to. You will define the word, ‘strong’.
As I look into your perfect face, I have a million hopes and dreams for you, but I know that regardless of my wishes, you will determine your own path. For now, my goal is to give you everything you need to help your fire grow. Someday, I too will learn that I cannot stand in the way of a warrior. I love you my dear and you have changed my life forever.
All my love,
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