Between moving, party prep, work, and everything else, I have really cut it close with all the things I should be doing right now! Just finished up Zo’s birthday video last night. I can’t believe she’s going to be 4 on Monday. Her golden birthday! I can’t even put into words how highly I think of this kid. The love and pride are overwhelming. The song I chose for the video this year describes her perfectly (not to mention that it’s her favorite song right now). It’s from How to Train Your Dragon 2. It’s about celebrating your individuality; doing what others wouldn’t do. That’s so her. She’s unlike any kid I’ve met. Her compassionate nature and good heart slay me. She doesn’t care that she’s not like other girls. She loves dragons and dirt. She loves every creature. She’ll pick up earthworms and beetles and name them and make up wonderful stories about their lives. And, a day later, she can go to a photo shoot, sit in hair and makeup, and take gorgeous pictures without batting an eyelash. She dose this all with humility and character. She truly goes where no one goes, as the song says, and makes no apologies for her preferences. I could learn a lot from her.
Here’s her video! (Music credit: Jonsi – Go Where No One Goes) If you click on the 360p in the lower right hand corner of the video box and switch it to “720p HD” the resolution will be better. You can also make the video full screen by clicking the rectangle in the lower right hand corner of the video box.
To my darling girl:
Continue to be you. Never let anyone make you feel like you’re wrong because you do your own thing. It’s undeniable that your outer beauty is staggering, yet, it’s your inner beauty that draws everyone to you. You truly have the kindest heart. The other day, when I was sad, you took my hand and told me you’d make it better. You protect those that you love. Those things cannot be taught. That light is born in you. You have a fearless heart that feels empathy and compassion for every person. You can talk to the veteran on the light rail or the teenage boy working the checkout at Target. They want to talk to you because you take a true interest in them and make them feel like they matter, because it’s so clear to you that they do matter. I’ve seen you change a person’s day with your smile and that bubbly “Hello! I’m Zoey!”. This is such a gift. Don’t ever let anyone change that about you, for it’s your inner beauty that makes you the person that I love.
You are one of a kind. No one is like you. For that, I’m so grateful, because there is no greater gift than being an individual… and a sincere one at that. You don’t do it to be quirky. You don’t do it to appease others. You do it because it’s who you are. When I tell you many times a day how much I love you, it’s because I can’t hold it in. Every time I look at you, I beam because I’m lucky enough to have you in my life. When we play the “I love you more than” game, the background noise disappears. That is what I live for. Thank you for being the greatest gift in my life. It’s truly difficult to explain how much I love you and how proud I am of you. You can change the world. Truly. That smile, that light in your eyes, and that positive, loving person you are. It will move mountains. Slow for no one, Zoey! Continue to go where no one goes!
Happy Golden 4th Birthday, my Zeejian Wegian! May 4th is truly a day to celebrate!