Parenting

Parenting

I want her to be unapologetic and sure of herself in a world that so often fills us with self-doubt. I’ll tell her never to shrink herself to fit someone else’s idea of perfect. I’ll stress that her value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see it.

Strange things make you shudder. The sound of a beer tab being opened. The sound of ice clunking into a cup. The smell of that one particular brand of alcohol, the one that’s always stocked in the freezer or hidden in your cabinets.

You’re the only person who can pick out a shirt for me that I’ll actually wear. You’re the only person who can understand what I’m trying to say when I’m fumbling to form a coherent sentence. You’re the only person who knows who I am, who I was, and who I want to be.