An Ode to a Little Girl I Once Knew

For only a year but it felt like I’d known you longer, always bubbly and ready to tell a story just like another little girl I once knew. You made friends quickly like she, lighting up faces of all those that were around you. Like her, entertainment was your thing too, always dancing and singing like you were being paid to. You’re the reason I still have Cheerleader on my phone, it reminds me of you. I remember learning the lyrics involuntarily because it was your favourite at the time. You even knew the choreography in the video. Your love for Little Mix made me think of her love for Spice Girls. You were both girly, making sure you had only the prettiest things around you. Maybe it was a way to mirror the beauty of your souls, I don’t know. I’m sure though, that it was a way to have you etched in the hearts of those that knew you. No one forgets beauty and you had it in its purest form; LOVE. I know you’re getting and giving it in abundance, as you dance in heaven with the Angels. It’s been a year since the Lord called you, six in her case, but what comforts me the most is you are both in a place that mirrors your charm. One day, we’ll meet again but for now, I hold you close to my heart like the little girl that went before you πŸ’•β€οΈ.

You Don’t Have To (A Promise To My Love)

I will worry for you, so you don’t have to
I will be strong for you, so you don’t have to
I will plan for you, so you don’t have to
And I will think for you, so you don’t have to. 

It’s a promise I make in preparation for you, not to make you less of a human but to make you forget the trivial and focus on your greatness.

One I make in preparation for the uncertain future we have ahead of us. Not to make you forever dependent on me but for you to learn to do this for others too. It is the best way to show someone that you truly love them.

It’s a promise in preparation for you as the empathetic person I see you becoming. I’m not making you seem weak in front of your peers but I have learnt that the best way to really understand people is by being empathetic as you listen to their story.

It’s a promise I make in preparation for you as a leader everywhere you go. I’ve realised forcing your will on others is wrong but being with those you lead on that journey they are making the same way I am leading you on yours isn’t.

It’s a promise I make to you in preparation for the day I am not with you because I want you to watch me worry, plan, think and be strong for you. Take my example with you to the next person you meet and change their lives the way I have changed yours. I wish for you to hold their hand and tell them “I got you” because it is what I will constantly tell you. To show them a love that others constantly dream of because you know what love can do and how far it can take you.

That way, I am sure the chain will grow and we’ll have a better world for generations to come.