Years ago today, you were born
and I held you so tight and counted all your fingers and toes. I kept looking at your little face and all your features and I was in awe with how perfect you were. You were so quiet and so delicate and so pretty and so perfect to complete our family. You were our Maya, our dream coming true, with God’s blessing, right there, in our arms.
So many memories of tiny baby Maya… I still remember the first time I went to the grocery store with you, I felt so proud, so happy inside, it seemed like everyone knew I was a new mom.
It is one of the best feelings in the world to hold a little “thing” like this and call yours. Yours to hold, to bathe, to feed and smell, and teach, and hear for the first time saying “mama”, “dada”… It’s so beautiful to raise a little person, to shape someone for life.
Gosh, and I am so lucky YOU are my daughter!
Six years later…
look at you, and you are as beautiful inside
Your sense of humor is contagious
You are strong and brave. You like to sleep in the dark and can face any roller coaster that your height permits and try many times being on the tips of your toes to get a little “higher” for the ones that you can’t. Oh, I can’t wait for the day that you can go to California Screamin. You take a shot like a champ and you just had your first “real” dental procedure, you extracted the two bottom teeth and you did it so well, not a tear when you felt the needle in your gum. You are just a “little” tad different than mamaYou are the best!!!
You are a free spirit, full of personality and there is not one shy cell in your body. You were never behind me for being shy with someone, you make sure to introduce yourself at the park to any girl or boy “Hi, my name is Maya, can I play with you?”
You are a movie lover. From Disney Princesses to old classics in black and white. You can sit down with Pompon and watch all of “his” movies and you don’t even blink. One of your favorites is Titanic.
You can be really, REALLY bossy. Oh yeah, don’t think I will let you off the hook. Many times when you are playing with the kids in the neighborhood I need to come out and act like a referee. I need to calm you down, ask to let your friend have a turn or let them choose the next game … Let’s say, you like things your way. Sometimes, I LOVE that, because I know you believe in yourself and your ideas, your self confidence is so high but every now and then I need to remind you that I am the boss and I am the one that makes the rules. You don’t like that very much.
You love nature. Many times you stare at a tree and say that you wonder who planted it and how old it is and when we are driving around you often have comments about how green or dry the mountains are or you get so excited about a beautiful tree you see. When we go for a family walk in the neighborhood you always save all the snails on our way, putting them on the grass area, you love playing with rollie pollies and picking ants and let them walk around on your arms, and always talk to them… You are so sensitive and I love that you take time to pay attention to details and study things. You are so intelligent!
At 6, you are a little world traveler. You’ve lived and went to school in London and Barcelona, have been to Hawaii, Prague, Paris, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, all over Spain, England and Ireland, have visited many times Rio de Janeiro and Amazon and have been on a three week US cross country road trip with mama and daddy. You have dual citizenship, American and Brazilian, and two passports to show for it – and we are working on your Portuguese citizenship. You’ve always been a great traveler for us!
You love to pray before meals. Your prayers are always so thoughtful.
You are a great eater. You love your vegetables and fruits and you never let a great açaí bowl or green juice pass
You are so loved. You have your father wrapped around your finger. One day you will notice the way he smiles for you… it’s a different kind of smile, it’s soft and full of love and pride. He takes you every day to school, he loves it. He comes home sharing all the talk you two had, he loves all the stories you tell him while you two listen to jazz in the car. Yes, that’s your requirement for the morning drive, jazz or “violin” music. You say, they calm you down and relax you for your full day at school.
You are something else!
I want you to know that I love you so much, that I am so proud of you and the last six years were the best years of my life. You have taught me so much and I am so thankful for having you as my daughter.
Happy 6 baby girl!
May all your dreams come true.
Happy birthday to you!!!