Happy 17th Birthday Rhea ...
A journey even before I could know its you was started in July 1998 and since then I always felt I have a friend inside me who listens to me as I want. The moments of morning sickness when you made me more sleepy and yet for my cravings when I am not able to get to eat, you always listened to me when I said to settle with a glass of milk. Those days were the tough ones when I was experiencing motherhood and no one was there to guide.
My frequent talks with you while you were still in my womb made that connection, whether you listened or not but you always obeyed me to what I requested.
I was eagerly waiting for you with the hope to name you Rhea and it happened.
I was hesitant to tell people that I want my kid to be a baby girl because I felt it could be discrimination against boys. Having you in life I really didn't need anyone beside. I grew up with you as we traveled from Canada to India and then to USA. Many times I let you handle the situation whether it was at school or among friends with the thought to make you strong. Today when you share your stories of 3rd grade and onwards I feel proud how you managed those days because you never troubled me with those. That time also came when I heard you started counseling kids and helping friends by giving them moral support and by merely listening to their issues.
A great human being is what you have become and I feel proud the way you are growing up as a beautiful and strong girl ready to take off with the first wings that you can get after your education.
I want you to fly high to achieve your aspirations and dreams yet I want you to be grounded and affectionate to everyone. Rich and poor is mere a feeling made out of people's thought. If you look at mother nature there is no one richer than her and yes thats how you want to be in life. Have a lot but share a lot too. As you climb help others to climb too. Being human doesn't makes you less in anything. Travel more and touch the hearts of the people. There will be opportunities to make mistakes and yes make the mistakes but learn something out of it.
As you needed a friend be a friend to one who needs one and help out. Be yourself and worry nothing at all, for life is a roller coster ride for everyone then why not enjoy the ride until it ends ;)
A very happy birthday on your 17th birthday, don't hesitate to be YOU.
With love always