Dear Ava,

This image could not be more true. Ever since then, I’ve found it difficult to say “goodbye”. That word feels so final. It gets me every time I have to say goodbye to people when an event in my life is over and I move on.

That’s why now I only say “See you later”.

That’s not all though; I’ve become way more compassionate towards everyone.

Love you, kiddo.

See you later, Ava.



Dear Ava,

Happy birthday to you, sweetheart! Twelve years ago I was so excited when you were born, and I couldn’t wait to meet you. You were the teeniest, cutest little baby with such beautiful big eyes. I was surprised how much you didn’t look like your sister when she was a baby.

I just wish I could know you as a 12 year old. I only know you as that almost 4 year old precocious little girl. I wonder what you would be like, what you would like, what kind of activities you would be doing, how well you would be doing in school. You know, the usual things we normally take for granted.

I didn’t get to visit today, like I usually do on your birthday, but I will visit you this weekend. I had a cupcake for you, like I usually do. No matter where I am in the world, I will always celebrate your birthday with a cupcake, and wear your favourite colors. Orange and blue go well together in an outfit if done right. 🙂

I love you, Ava. I really, really do.

See you later, Ava.