Letter to Estelle | Seven Months

Hi baby girl. I’ve been on a sentimental streak lately — it may be because your brother is trying out preschool this month, it may be because you are crawling and sitting and babbling and laughing — so I’ve been indulging in these my babies aren’t babies anymore thoughts by listening to music that has me feeling all the feels.

There may have even been an evening that found your daddy and me on our backs after folding your clothes, holding hands and smiling as Neil Young crooned to his daughter to just close your eyes and I’ll be there/ Listen to the sound of this old heart beating for you/ Yes, I’d miss you but I never want to hold you down/ You might say I’m here for you.

We may love you a teensy weensy bit, Estelle. We may proclaim you to be the cleverest, the prettiest, the sweetest and the bravest daughter there ever has and is and is to come. We may hold you a bit longer, snuggle you a bit tighter and watch you with eyes that are a bit more tender. We may be unapologetically, irrevocably smitten with you. But just a teensy weensy bit.

Mr. Bob Dylan wrote it best:

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young.



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