Today you turn 10.
When I first heard the word tween, I thought it was marketing genius but no more. A term created in order for companies to sell more products. It turns out that while my initial belief may be true, there is much more to the word than I thought at first.
As you turn 10, you are truly stuck between two worlds.
You still cry when you are scared and call to me if you hear a bump in the night. But you also close your bedroom door when you talk on the phone and agonize over which outfit to wear each day. You tell me you love me a million times a day but you won’t wave goodbye if there are people watching at school drop off. You live in a world that is full of imagination and so much creativity but you also know what is ‘cool’ and what is ‘dorky.’ Sometimes your definition of cool can make you believe that what you imagine is dorky.
As you and I navigate this new world, my greatest hope is that the teenager you will soon become will be as amazingly creative, empathetic and thoughtful as the child you are leaving behind. For now, I embrace all your tween-ness. For in it’s confusion, this time hold great beauty and great hope.
Happy Birthday to the beautiful girl who made me a mother.
I love you,