Early this morning I stood at her bed and watched her sleep, the curls on her pillow dancing around her head like dozens of butterflies, baby-like innocence still visible in the sleepy contours of her face. Soon I'll have to wake her, but I put the moment off a little while longer, knowing that when I do, she'll be waking up to the first day of her last year at school. My baby girl is now in grade 12!! It seems impossible. Where have the years disappeared to? Minutes and hours, days and seasons, all have slipped back into Father Time's treasure chest.
As I watched her sleeping, time fell away and I recalled that first day of school 12 years ago. The excitement was running high! When I got to her room that morning to wake her up she was already awake, slipping on her crisp new, tiny little uniform on an even tinier body. She flashed me a big toothy grin. Her blond hair, usually an untame-able mass of curls, hanging loose over her shoulders. The new ribbons were lying neatly folded next to her brush, waiting for me to tie them up in two ponytails. How my heart fluttered at that sight, and how my heart flutters still!
I left her to sleep a while longer, and went to the kitchen to prepare her a breakfast of eggs and yogurt. When I got to her room with the tray she was awake. Excitement was again in the air, but a more contained and grown-up excitement. Oh, my girl!! Do you know the love I have in my heart for you? Do you feel my prayers following you wherever you go? May this be a special year for you, my little butterfly. May the winds ever be gentle beneath your wings and may you only find life's sweetest nectar. You are dearly loved.
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