This post is multi-faceted, it’s part link up and part wise words Wednesday.
Little Miss Katie,
Where do I even begin? You are silly and stuck in a very small little world, and so much will change in the next 18 years.
You will eventually understand multiplication, and eventually you will realize you are incredibly gifted. You will squander it, but you should know it is never cool or cute to play dumb. Live up to your potential.
Your family will change. Things will be very hard, a slew of people will come in and out of your life, some for the better and some for the worse. Do not question yourself about the decisions the people, especially the adults, around you make. Your parents love you, they always will, but they are human too and they have issues far beyond your youthful understanding.
Dad will die. I wish desperately this could change, but it never will. Cherish the time with him, listen to what he says, do not make out in the backseat of the car while he kindly drives you on your “dates”. But also speak up, tell him your opinion about his life and choices, you are exactly like him and sometimes you will be the only one he listens to.
Love Mom and AC unconditionally, they are your everything. Be silly with them. Make your own traditions. Cry, hug, fight, do all those normal family things, but know they are special people.
You live in a bubble and the world is SOO much larger. There is more to the world than your neighborhood, or Baltimore, and especially more than your Catholic School bubble. You will be awkward, you will have difficulties with your friends, you will make questionable decisions about boys. You are human.
In college, enjoy it. Join the sorority. Make those friends. Experience Philly. Try not to have a ridiculous 19th birthday. Go to the AEPi formal with that guy you don’t know. Spoiler Alert: He is THE ONE.
You will find your real friends have been with you all along, basically your whole life.
Most importantly, ask for help. Unfortunately, things sometimes really will be harder for you than other people. There will come a very overwhelming point in your life. Ask. For. Help. Admit you are wrong, ask for forgiveness, and do not give up.
Also, you will become Jewish. You will one day get those pets you begged for. You will win awards and accolades. You will never be the hippest dresser, nor will you ever really figure out how to do your hair. You will be really great at caring about other people, and you will find a way to make that into a career. You will have an unnatural love for Harry Potter.
One day you when you are still young you will look back and question where all the time went. Trust me when I say that it all happened for a reason. You are a good person, you are loved so much, and you will be so happy and content with your life that you will feel like you have won.
I love you little Katie.