Sunday, July 26, 2009

Turning 13

It has been a very long while since I had a chance to blog for fun. With my computer down and me using my husbands, I don't get as much access. hmmmm.I have to get mine up and running.

Just had to write this though. I scribbled it down on a piece of paper as it was something I definitely wanted to say later. ..

On July 22nd, my very special Grand Daughter Anna turned 13. She is officially a teenager now.
I am so proud of this beautiful young woman. She is as beautiful outside as she is inside.
She is full of confidence and her heart is beautiful and full of generosity. She will have the world eating out of her hands...

Now she has to start making the choices that will shape the rest of her life. Some of those will be easy, but she will be faced with some very hard ones. With everyone pulling her this way and that, sometimes making the right choice becomes clouded by not having the experience to see past the moment.

You hope that every choice she makes will be the perfect one. You know that the odds are against that. So you hope that the bad choices she makes will have just enough consequences. ..just enough to affect her life in a positive way. Just enough to give her the wisdom to NOT make them again. Just enough so that she doesn't change her personality which has blossomed so beautifully.

Then you hope that you have taught her to respect herself. You pray that she will be a leader and not a follower. You pray that she chooses her friends that support her and respect her. You pray that the friends she chooses are true to her, and she has the wisdom to know.

I want her to know what compassion is. To show compassion to those who really need it. Sometimes it isn't easy to look past the persons faults to see that what they really need. To judge them is easy. To accept that everyone needs love and a chance is not always so easy.

I want her to learn to laugh and laugh until she crys. Laugh at yourself and let the world know you understand your imperfections. And cry...Don't be afraid to show that you can be vulnerable also. Let the tears fall and let those that love you help dry them.

Enjoy Life Anna...cherish each and every day...As you are wishing for your next important birthday, don't forget to slow down and live in the moment. When you turned 13...wow that was wonderful..but today in less than a week, you are already another 4 days or 96 hours older....
Time doesn't stop. So slow down as they say...Sometimes Grandmas say the wisest stuff...and I am not talking about me...I am talking about my Grandma...And she said...Time flys...well obviously she wasn't living my life which seemed to stop or be going in sssllllooowww motion.
I haven't seen the movie "Benjamin Button", but the concept...I imagine his life was going backwards so so fast and the younger he got, the slower it got...

Think about this...If you live to be 80 years old, you only have 29,200 days on this earth....
On your 13 birthday you were 4745 days old...In 3 years till your 16 birthday, that is only 1095 days to go...Doesn't seem like so much time does it?

Know that I love you my "Little Bitty Angel Anna Baby Girl"... I will be here for you when ever you need a grandmas hug...As you get older, you will need them more and more again...

I had to come back and do a little editing as this Grandma had her numbers, words, meanings all mixed up...I was figuring days and said hours...Well My Anna knows me well enough to know that I am laughing at myself...I don't have blond moments, I have gray ones..must be time to Use the "Bottle" again...Too bad it doesn't help this brain....

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