my sweet valentine

Pudgy, dimpled hands sticking shiny hearts to tiny cards. A beautiful, wrinkled brow painstakingly signing her name with backwards “E’s”. Yesterday, a young girl making valentines. Today, wondering if it's time to leave that all behind.

She asked me awhile ago if I thought turning 10 was a "big deal" and then waited tentatively for my answer.

It’s a time she holds my hand but wants to run ahead and catch up with friends.

It’s a time she needs my reassurance but wants to show me her way is just as good.

It's a time when she teaches and I listen and learn.

She loves to hear stories of what she used to be like, but the questions about who I think she’ll become have never been asked before now.

And so she asks me — what will I be like? Who do you think I will be?

You will be beautiful, kind and poised. The same girl you’ve always been, but bolder and wiser.

You will be 10, yes. But you will always be mine.


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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works through Elan.Works and is a designer and content editor at GenderAvenger. They have been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health, Woman's Day, and Flow magazines and at TEDxRegina and on CBC News and Radio. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.