To my most wonderful Girls,
I would like to wrap you in clouds or sew airbags into your clothing so that you are never hurt.
If I could, I would wish you the earth, with trips to the moon, a life as shiny as stars and the warmth of the sun to keep you well.
I want nothing but healthy and happy lives for you both. Right now I protect you as best I can and try my best to teach you ways to make your lives as happy as possible. Daddy and I will help you to learn and be educated, we will support your interests and celebrate all your achievements, no matter how small.
In years to come there are things you may forget, so here is a list of things I want you to know.
That you are worthy.
Worthy of being treated with respect and kindness from people that you meet.
That you are beautiful of mind and kind to others and that you are worthy of receiving the same from them.
That it is worthwhile applying for that job that you think you wont get, because you are just as worthy as all the other candidates.
Remember that it is ok if not everyone likes you. Don't waste your time worrying about why.
Don't ever beg for someone to like you. You are worth more than that.
And don't think you can make someone love you. There are lots of other people out there who already do.
Use eco washing powder and the clothes line to wash and dry your clothes.
You should know that you are going to make mistakes, probably quite a few, but never will there be a mistake that makes us not love you, we may be angry, annoyed or disappointed, but we will quickly get over it, manage it and move on. You are worth the world to us. Nothing will change that.
Do what makes you happy, don't wait for others to find your happiness, you can do that all by yourself.
If you really truly believe you are right, than you probably are.
If your tummy gives you a bad feeling about something, it is probably best to listen to it.
The world is full of many, many people, most of them are pretty good sorts, if you find a bad one, then move on, stay away and surround yourself with people who make you feel happy, safe and loved.
Look after each other, a sister is a precious gift, not everyone has one and those that do are among the lucky. Cherish your relationship and you will reap the rewards for life.
Eat your greens.
Drink nice wine. But not too much.
Make time to call your grandparents.
Keep making birthday cards, they really are the best.
Use suncream, especially as a teenager.
Anti cellulite cream does not work, I know because I have tried them all.
Your Poppy Ray is full of good information, but I want to share one of his most used phrases. He usually reminds me of this when I am wallowing in sorrow or wasting time on what other people were thinking.
"You only get one life, so get busy living."
You have a lot to do, places to see and people to meet. Be confident, believe in yourselves, be strong, be brave.
And one last thing: Getting your tongue pierced does not make you original or interesting. It just means you have a hole in your tongue with a thing in it. Read a book or the newspaper, listen to music or go out with friends, it will be more fun, less painful and make you much more original and interesting.
And I will always love you.