Today you are 11.
We've done this whole life thing together for 11 years and we've done it well.
I can't even begin to list the things I love about you--your quick wit and dry humor, your abundance of creativity, your ability to respectfully speak up for what is right, your kind and gentle nature, your honesty, good taste and sharp intelligence.
You summed up a recent trip to the other coast by saying, "Miami is not a humble city." I thought it was such an insightful observation and remarkable that you could boil such a busy place down to six words. I loved watching you enjoy the brazenness of a big city the way you did. I love your way with words.
If I need a true opinion on anything from an outfit to a piece of writing, I can count on you to offer yours and I always consider it carefully. You are polite but frank when giving advice and I value that more than you'll ever know. You're such a good friend to me and many others.
You are just such a joy to know--I can't even begin to explain what an honor it is to be your mother.
11 years! I have enjoyed every one of them. (Age 3 less than the others, but still.) You are magnificent in every way. I am so excited to see what your future holds and so delighted to be a part of it!
I like you, I love you and I'll always protect you,
(My heart still wants to squeal with delight at being able to write that!)