In her book Bossy Pants, Tina Fey writes a prayer for her daughter. Part of that prayer:
“Lord, When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half. And stick with Beer.”
I just want to take a moment and thank you for sticking with beer. Many times I think to myself (and sometimes say aloud to your mother), “We need to remember to thank our daughter.” So here goes:
Thanks for being the ‘middle kid’ between two brothers who sometimes made your life hell but mostly made you smart, strong and well-equipped for dealing with immature jerks in your adult life.
Thanks for being every teacher’s favorite student (and no, you were not a suck-up! No matter what your brothers might have said).
Thank you for having a spirit of adventure and a love of travel and for being a foreign exchange student in Ecuador. ¡Y el español es excelente!
Thank you for not becoming a statistic at the University of Wisconsin (even though we both know it was a “party school”).
Thank you for not dressing ‘slutty’ and for never getting your neck or face tatooed. And for not piercing anything other than your ears.
Thank you for marrying someone so much like me that we often share the same stupid jokes (sometimes simultaneously) and because I know he’s the only man who could love you as much as I do.
Thank you for our beautiful grandchildren. And for grounding them in love and peace and joy. They are your spirit and light!
Thank you for your faith in God and for sharing it so beautifully with your students but mostly for sharing it with your own children.
Thank you for letting me spoil your kids with stuff sometimes (but mostly with love).
Thanks for being enough like me that you’re funny and self-confident but mostly like Mom so that you’re loving and generous and kind.
Thanks for always stepping up, standing in, speaking up, and lending a hand (and sometimes a shoulder to cry on).
Thanks for making family a center of your life and for loving your grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and cousins.
Thanks for your many friends who can always count on you (and for allowing them to become my friends, too).
Thank you for “needing to be home” and for making home a place where I want to be, too.
Thanks for letting me be your hero when you were a little girl (Daddy’s need that). And for being my hero now.