Thanks to My Daughter,
I have learned a most important lesson about relationships…
No matter what we're doing.
No matter of how little significance it seems...
All she really wants is for me to be fully present.
She doesn't want me for what I can give her,
for where I can take her,
or even for what we do together.
She simply wants me for me.
Having a daughter like you
is wonderful for a lot of reasons,
but one of the most special is
how much you're taught me through the years.
I want you to know that your interests, your opinions,
and your outlook on life have all given me an appreciation
for a lot of things I might have otherwise missed.
Even our differences have worked
to show me a new perspective on things
and teach me that my way isn't the only way.
I only hope that, through the years,
you may have learned from me
some measure of all I have learned from you.
Happy Birthday with Love.