Dear Baby Girl,
Its taken along time to write this special piece. I wanted to have the right words to describe our fantastic bond. Back in November 5th 1993, it was Guy Fawks day and you entered this earth with a huge audience in the birthing suite. It was like an Airport lounge waiting for family to arrive. There was your mum’s siblings, best friends, Nana Bigboat and me your Dad. There was 13 people watching and waiting. You were my first of six children. I had a frontrow seat amongst the crowd. Being a first time dad, I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught from your mum. Your mum pushed, pulled and strangled me. Through all your mum’s hard work you were born, it was one of the happiest days of my life. Picking you up and sharing a breath with you as we had a hongi(Maori Greeting), which was a special moment and I have done this with all your brothers too. As you lay in my arms, I was admiring your jet black hair, your little fingers and toes. My heart was stunned.
In your younger years you were very cheeky. You learnt how to speak at about six months old. You could talk the ears off most adults including myself. Most memorable things I can recall is you waiting at the home front door for me. I would finish work and open the door to see this huge smile on your face. This was truly the highlight of my day. You would imitate your Grandma, standing on the table with a hymm book singing at the top of your voice. We would play fight all the time. These Good times I will always cherish.
As you got older, you would test the waters and express yourself in all different ways. Which was good and sometimes bad. It was a good opportunity for your mum and I to get a real taste of hard parenting. You lost your way for abit, but then you found your way back.
You’ve brought three more beautiful people into our family Herman, my grandsons Noah and Robin. You’ve grown up to be strong independent working woman. Mum and I are so proud of you. Just know this, without you we would not be the people we are today. We will always be here for you. Please don’t change for no one, just be you.
Love you bubs…