Come in, come in from out of the cold! You must be freezing! The wind off the lake can be bitter and sharp in December. Come in and warm yourself by the fire. Your father has been tending it all morning so it’s nice and toasty here. He’ll be so happy you’re here. I’ve got your favourite cookies in the oven, and we’re just getting ready for our traditional New Year’s Eve fondue dinner. We can linger over the meal and you can tell us everything you’ve been up to, lately. I’m so excited to hear all about it. Your younger brothers are playing with the dog in the other room. They have been so excited that you’re coming home. They probably heard you come in and will come running any minute so give me just a moment with you. Just a moment to hug you, and tell you what I’d like for you to know before the year closes out at midnight. I love you. I love you and I am so very proud of the person you’re becoming. Your journey isn’t over and you aren’t done but I can see that you are already so strong and so spectacular. 2017 may have been a hard year for a lot of us, but you have wells of strength and reserves the likes of which I have never seen in a person. You are resilient, powerful, and a force to be reckoned with. You may not recognize it within yourself, but I see it. It’s there, simmering beneath your surface. It is a light that will not be dimmed. Do not try to hide it.
Shine as bright as you need to. Your light will spill over to others around you. You never know who needs help pushing back against the shadows.
Before our time together is over, I want to tell you something else. There is a lesson that I don’t think enough people are taught and it is this – love is not a finite resource. I do not have a limit for the number of people I care for or the depth or sincerity of feeling I have for the people in my life. I firmly believe we need to put out as much goodness as we possibly can into the world and telling people what they mean to us is a powerful way to do so. If you take anything from me, please take that. Be warm, be open, and above all else, be kind. There is a dearth of compassion and kindness in the world right now. Don’t contribute to its lack.
Believe in something. Believe in yourself.
You are loved, more than you can possibly know. Beyond measure. You are important. You are worth everything. I will be your rock and your soft place to land if you need it. You will always have a place in my heart.
I love you to the moon and back,