To Whom This May Concern,
Please. Love her but leave her wild. The girl is not broken yet. She is beautiful. She is healthy. She is wild and she is free. Her beautiful, quirky, vibrant, imperfect little spirit is free! One day she will be grown and the treatment of her spirit will have either hindered her or nurtured her. Allow that little girl to thrive within her own little body and mind. Allow her thoughts to be validated, her questions to be answered, her humor to be laughed at, her tears to be wiped, her giggles to be joined, her energy to be exuded, her dancing to be watched, her likes to be liked, her privacy to be respected, her fears to be understood, her heart to be pure, her body to be cherished, her insecurities to be dishonored, and her spirit to be free and wild. Allow that little girl to make some mistakes. Allow her to feel her own feelings. Don’t yell at her, she is scared. Don’t try to change her because she needs her. There is a reason she is who she is and we all want to know why. She wants to know why. She deserves to grow and thrive all while being loved and adored. If she is told she is wrong she will try to be right. But what if being right isn’t the right way for her to be? You may not be able to see the beauty in her spirit but please understand she needs to know it’s beautiful so she can see it herself. Her little spirit is who she is and she can’t alter it. And believe me, she will try. What she can do, though, is suppress it. You may believe she has changed because you haven’t seen her spirit but I promise you, she hasn’t. Her beautiful self is hiding deep down inside. She is hiding from you because you don’t love her right. She is hiding it because now she thinks she is inadequate. If that little girl is not loved right she will grow into a woman who does not love herself right. A woman who doesn’t actually know herself at all. And that woman will spend time with lovers who are not hers but someone else’s. They are friends and lovers with her facade, not her spirit. When that little girl wants to wear that big floppy hat with her snow boots to the pool, let her. When she wants to learn about dinosaurs and dragons, teach her. When she asks if she looks pretty tell her it would be impossible for her not to. When she complains something hurts listen to her. When she tells you she is fat, tell her she is beautiful. When she is sad, hug her. When she acts out in school find out what is going on inside of her and love her, don’t yell at her. She needs you. Why? Because when she grows up she is going to end up loving someone just like you. Someone who loves her wild or someone who tries to bury it. I know all of this because that little girl is me. I cannot wait for someone to fall in love with my true spirit because I finally did and she is fucking beautiful.