Dear Neve Guest Post – A letter to my nieces.

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Dear Harley and Harper,

Right now, you are both so small and innocent; so full of life and possibility. I wish I could keep it this way forever. There’s nothing I want more than to protect you from the challenges which are bound to come your way. While it is impossible for me to promise to do that, I can assure you I will be by your side through it all, as long as I’m around to do so.

You have made my life infinitely better, with your cheeky smiles and silly antics. My heart is full of a love for you which I cannot describe. I have never known anything like it before. I am so proud of the independent, sassy and fantastic little ladies you are turning into. You never fail to put a smile on my face.

Harley, you are a perfect mix of shy and sweet. You remind me so much of myself when I was younger. You are incredibly loving and filled with determination to take care of people around you. My biggest hope for you is that you realise how lucky the world is to have you, and you find the strength to put yourself out there more. I know it’s scary, I’m still struggling with it now, but you have too much to give to slip by unnoticed.

Harper, you are far more outgoing than your big sister. You thrive on making other people laugh, even when it gets you into trouble. Yet you have the same heart of gold as your sister; always striving to make sure nobody is left out and doing your best to make them feel good. You are fearless and don’t allow anyone to get in your way. I wish I had a fraction of your courage. My biggest hope for you is that you never lose that.

One day, you will probably be too cool to hang out with me. You will have your own little girl gang which no longer includes your aunties. It saddens me, but I know it’s part of life. For now, I am living for the moments where you are bursting with enthusiasm to spend time together and are outraged by the thought that anything could change.

Of all the things I am in life, being your auntie is by far my favourite. I always knew I would love you like crazy, but the electricity in my heart when I see you continues to surprise me. You changed my life and I strongly believe you have made me a better person. I can’t imagine life without you. Whenever I think I couldn’t possibly love you more, you find a way to prove me wrong. You are very precious to me, and I will never allow you to forget it.

You’re much too young to understand this now, but I am going to tell you anyway: may you know that you are loved, adored and cherished. May you always understand you have your family to turn to, and may you never feel alone. Life gets a bit tough sometimes, but you are tougher, of that I am sure. May you never allow anyone to make you feel less than you are – smart, brilliant and unstoppable.

I love you, today, tomorrow and always.

Hugs and kisses,

Auntie Ruth.

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