For the past birthdays you had I always have reminded you of “Daddy’s Rule” the undefined rule that we’ve agreed to follow as our blueprint every time we leave the comfort of “home” and that means we’re out from our parent’s sight/ protection. Countless times we braved this chaotic world with “the daddy’s rule” and we emerged braver, wiser and sometimes undeniably defeated but those defeats made us as we are today.
We understood the rule. We have it in our heart and mind, embedded in us; call it magic on how our parents made us understand the lessons they wanted us to carry with us. On your 23rd, I have the same missive “always, remember daddy’s rule” It’s tattooed on my skin. Someday, you’ll get inked with it as well. I love you my legit sister. I miss you. Our relationship is so imperfect but that’s just how it is. I admire how you’ve grown up, of how you’ve turned out as a fine, smart, career-oriented lady.
We separated our ways since college days oh even when we were in high school (haha) I don’t remember us talking in the corridors of our school, we led our own lives but at the end of the day we talk and laugh about everything. That’s how independent we’ve led our life (haha, again)
Moreover, I can’t believe that you’re still 23 (hehe) I remember myself sulking in Baguio when I was 23 listening to John Mayer’s “waiting for the world to change” that’s why I am thankful to God of the things that you have achieved at this point in your life. I also want you to be always thankful and never get lazy to think more of your blessings rather than complaining how hard things are. Difficulties are part of life. Don’t take things seriously, lighten up- sleep on it (haha) Enjoy life my dear, be confident that God is in control. Don’t pray with doubts, believe and claim it. So, write all your wishes in a paper as a reminder (I know you’ll not do it because you’re not as sentimental like me, haha) Tell all your wishes, plans and dreams to God through constant prayer.
My wishes for you are endless but I want to particularly wish you a strong heart and good perspectives in life, deeply focused on obeying and pleasing God. This is one of my favorite verse, keep this in mind:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Don’t make the same mistakes by yours truly haha swerte mo hah may mirror ka (na maganda, ahemmm) haha. Someday, I hope you’ll be able to visit my place which is basically an old couch, bed, 3 pillows, 2 plates, 3 cups and dozens of spoons and forks and yes about 300 books :)