Tuesday 25 September 2012

Dear Alice

Oh darling, you're 12 tomorrow.
Where on earth has all this time gone?
This year is a new chapter in your beautiful life.
One that will no doubt bring it's joys and challenges
as you try to carve out your identity in high school
and at home.
Your sensitive and caring nature and 
subtle sense of humour are never overlooked by your mama.
Your desire to create and express yourself
runs deep and I hope I can continue to encourage this as you look for truth and authenticity in your 12 year old self.

This coming year I think we will see more singing from your lips, tippity toe Grade 5 Ballet point work, painted canvases and mosaic making.
We'll see more sewing and baking and food experimenting and playing with colours. 
We'll see you carving a niche in your new school world and growing in knowledge, independence and grace as you change physically, spiritually and emotionally.
We'll create more travelling memories and step up a peg or two into a different world of literature and self expression.

I'm sure you will keep our days amazing and unpredictable.

Many, many happy returns Alice
It's inconceivable how much we love you.
Mama xox


  1. What a lovely post. I hope that Alice has a very Happy Birthday tomorrow. My daughter will be 13 on Thursday ~ not quite sure how I have managed to become a mother of a teenager quite so quickly ~ the time just goes by so fast! :O)xx

  2. Happy birthday to your daughter! What a lovely tribute to her! Ada :)

  3. Great post Penelope! What lovely thoughts-very emotive...and doesn't time just whizz by tch!!!
    Bet she has a fantastic time....happy birthday to your daughter all the way from Spain! Feliz CumpliaƱos :-)

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  4. Gorgeous post Penelope! Happy birthday to your lovely Alice! Hope you all have a wonderful day.
    Victoria xx

  5. Oh happy happy day!

    I hope you all enjoy the special day and celebrate in style...bet you will. :)

  6. Happy birthday to your dear girl. One day she'll look back, read this beautiful tribute, and cry happy tears. :)

  7. Happy Birthday, Alice. These things your mother wrote are so sweet and so clearly done with love. I hope in years to come, you will reread this post and know that she loved you so very, very much.


  8. A very happy birthday to your Alice. I hope she has a wonderful day. And congratulations to you too, 12 years of mamahood is an achievement!

  9. Happy Birthday to Alice! I hope she has a lovely day, it was so nice to see you both last weekend. Please send her a big birthday lick from Higgins! xxx

  10. A happy, happy birthday wish to you Alice from France. I'll be sending you a wish and a kiss on your big day. You must be a very special daughter indeed.


  11. I am late with my birthday wishes, but they are no less sincere for that. Alice, I hope you had the very best birthday. And Penelope ... what Lakota said :D

  12. Beautiful, you are blessed as a family to have one another, I hope that you all have a truly blessed year and I hope Alice had the best birthday!