This year has been tough, I don’t have to see it in your eyes to know how hard it has been.
Over the last 12 months its been a hard learning curve for us all, 13 is such a funny age to be, neither child nor adult leaving you confused as to where you sit.
I don’t think I would be lying to say that your behaviour at times has been beyond challenging, your tongue is a vicious as whip and your narky angst has driven us both to tears on many occasion.
Over the last few weeks there seems to have been a massive shift, it’s almost like you are finally becoming more comfortable in your own skin, I am seeing glimpse of my Beth coming back to me…. I am enjoying being in your company and it seems that everyday is not quite the battle it once was.
In your 14th year I have no doubt things will be more confusing, scary even … but don’t be frightened embrace it .. Although embracing in the street we could live without .. Yep that’s right you were spotted draped over a boy!
We want you to enjoy your remaining childhood years not waste them, allow yourself the freedom to laugh and be you … we actually really like the real you .. Believe it or not, you have nothing to prove to others!
I can’t wait to stand by your side for this, your 14th year … I will no longer hold your hand and take you down the right path, but will follow slowly in your wake ready to see you start to make some choices for yourself. Don’t get me wrong I will be there if you need me … but I want you to start to show me glimpses of the women you are becoming.
We are all so very proud of you, and can’t wait to see you blossom further …
Happy Birthday Bethany …
P.s The rule about not smoking, taking drugs, getting in cars and sex all still stand …. It’s a no way and life time grounding still stands .. You have been warned.