I've been here in Louisiana, about a block away, for almost exactly a month now. A month of watermelon and homemade popsicles, dinners and morning greetings.
I'm usually far away on your birthday, but this year I get to give you a hug in person.
Happy birthday. And thank you for encouraging me to come closer. You make me very, very happy.
Let's spend some time together baking a cake - you can lick the icing off the spoon like you did when you were a little girl. Because you'll always be MY little girl, even though you have a little girl of your own now.