Dear Copperhead & Little Red,

I’ve been thinking for a while about how I wanted to write this post. Do I do one for each of you, because, y’know, you are separate people? Then I decided not to because what I have to say is something both of you need to hear.

Your birthday should not be for another ten weeks and you’ll be much older by the time you can read this and understand exactly what that means. You are true miracles in every sense of the word, you have experienced more than what some people do in a lifetime and you’ve done it all being completely fearless.

You were born into this world fighting. You were born strong. You were born capable.”

I don’t want either of you to ever forget that.

We’ve been through so much together already and I want you to know that my love for you is ever lasting, your happiness is directly connected to mine. I think about this past year and the many to come and I wonder where you will go and what you will do. You both have the upmost privilege of having each other, with that special connection, as well as a doting big brother – in fact, he is so excited it’s your birthday you’d think it was his day!

Now, life can, unfortunately, seem challenging for a girl sometimes. But gender has no bearing on your capabilities nor does it limit what you can achieve. At times you might think that you need to look or behave a certain way in order to fit in or be popular but that’s complete bull. Don’t waste time comparing yourself to others because you are wonderfully beautiful inside and out already. Your personalities are joyous, inquisitive and playful, you both laugh easily and I can think of no better way to be.

You will most likely break someones heart and have yours broken too. I can’t do anything about that and truth be told, I wouldn’t if I could. Sometimes it’s what makes us who we are and it can take experiencing both sides to see the full picture of what we want and who we want to be. Just know I will be here waiting for you if it ever does happen.

My advice to you both is educate yourself, travel often and always speak your truth, even if it makes your heart thump inside your chest and your voice shake. Remember that you can be scared and brave at the time. You have gut instinct – learn it, use it and trust it. Going to bed knowing you’ve done the right thing and stayed true to yourself is a big step towards happiness.

Lastly, wherever you may end up, whatever you might do, you will always have a home to come back to. You are a piece of me just as I am a piece of you and I will always, always be right here for you. If you take one thing from this letter then let it be this… you are so very, very loved.

Happy birthday my sweethearts.

Mummy x

ATK

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