To my Step-daughter… a freely written letter of sorts

Dear Beautiful Girl,

That is right I said it. Beautiful girl. You are growing up so quickly now-changing every time I see you.

You are creative, observing, and funny. You are intelligent, theatrical, and good. I know one day you will do great things. In that I have no doubt. I want to encourage you and remind you to be brave and to take risks.

I want you to know that I am here for you-even when you think I am not, I am. It doesn’t matter what you did or what you didn’t do, I am here for you when you need me.

I want you to know that I love you, even though I did not carry you in my belly, I still love you as if I did.

I know sometimes I can be hard on you, but it is with the best of intentions. A part of me is so afraid for you. I remember elementary, then middle school, high school, and college. It does not get any easier. Children can be cruel-the world can be cruel. There will be times when the world tries to put out your spark. To dampen your shine. You will find your backbone then, and essentially decide what kind of woman you want to be.

But don’t worry. Change comes quickly and then slowly. You will change so often you might forget who you were when you started, but do not let that slow you down because nothing is ever really lost. Just know that the porch light is always on for you, and you are always welcome.

Oh Beautiful Girl the things I wish I could shelter you from forever. You have never met a stranger and see the good in everyone. That in itself shows the pure greatness in your heart, but it too frightens me. People will try to use you up, and confuse you, and silence you. You however, always have an option. Even when there may not seem like there is one.

In times like these, if you need me, I am here. I have wisdom in my scars and empathy on my heart. Just know that I am here to help protect you, the best way I can.

Beautiful Girl let your creative and true colors shine! I know right now life can seem a bit confusing. You are approaching a cross roads where childhood and being a teenager split. You are not quite there yet, but you are getting close. Try not to rush that split. I know right now it seems like being older is way cooler, but not every cake has tasty frosting. It may look great through the window, but when you get it home it may not be all you thought it was going to be. Take your time growing up. Give yourself room to grown and learn. You will get there, I promise. I just pray that when you do, you still have your kindness and silliness intact.

Your friends may try to sway you-force you to change to their version of cool. Just know that it may seem cool to be sassy and rude to people on TV, but just like you-everyone’s feelings can be hurt, and respectfulness and kindness can move mountains. Also, protect the image of yourself you give to the world. You only get one body and life. Just know that whatever you decide to dress it in, those choices have consequences-some good and bad.

Finally Beautiful Girl, know that God has given you everything you need to be whatever you want to be. Just have courage and know that you have family of all different types who love you and want the very best for you. I promise you that I will help you, guide you, love you, and encourage you.

I hope you know and can see that.

To Be continued…

Momma Rae



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