justamente, Julieta.
10 years old.
2018/01/24

10 years old.

[English is not my first language, therefore, I apologize for any mistakes ahead. If you speak Portuguese, go ahead and read the original]

today it's your 10th birthday.
I'm covered in snot, my head feels it's about to explode, I sneeze every 2 minutes and I'm wondering if I should write this tomorrow instead.

only, not. it has to be today because your 10th birthday is today, not tomorrow. 
what a round number. what a lovely day.
about 6 years ago you walked into my life and, without choosing or it being your fault, you changed my life forever. you were (still are) the toughest, and better, challenge of my life and, without much detailed planning, we took our time getting to know each other.
in the last few years, we have grown a lot with each other. you've made me a kind of mother but, most of all, you've made me a much complete person.
yes, there were a lot of tantrums: I-don't-want-to-take-a-shower, I-don't-want-to-go-to-bed, I-don't-like-this-soup but there were also a lot of I-love-you, I-miss-you, give-me-a-kiss.

you know, in this big story of ours, none of us knew exactly what would happen. in fact, before it all happened, none of us had wished it to be like this. but grown-ups can't predict the future and I think our particular story is a pretty good example of a happy ending. because, no matter what, you were always our number 1 priority.

so, today we celebrate your birthday but I also need to thank you for the unconditional love you give me every day and thank your brave e precious mom P., for she shared you with me and trusted you to my heart since day one and also, thank your incredible father P. that, in all is tolerance, has helped me be a better person for you and has offered me this precious gift of watching you grow up.

and what a privilege that has been so far.
today it's your 10th birthday and I want you to know how proud I am of your achievements and of the funny, happy, sweet and smart young lady you are.

you don't need to read this letter today, it can wait a few more years.
in the meanwhile, I'll keep it here for you.

happy birthday, sweetie.

yours truly,
"step-Sara-mom"

[also, I didn't want to make this about me by putting a big picture of my face but I wanted a special picture of both of us where I could protect your identity and this was a beautiful memory from a wonderful day. people, don't judge.]