Letter to my Daughter
One year ago you came into my life and changed everything I knew about myself. I loved you my whole life, I’ve prayed for you, I knew you would be my happiness and my purpose, but I never expected to find myself in you.
With you in my arms, I’ve learned that I’m stronger than I’ve given myself credit for. I will always protect you, I will always be your strength.
Your innocence and genuine happiness fills my heart. Your undeniable love for your dad and I gives me hope that you will bring light into the world and will grow up to impact humanity in a positive way.
You have made me question everything I stand for. I have questioned my goals, my career, my decisions, even my political and religious affiliations. Because of you, I want to do better. I want to impact the world I’m leaving behind for you. I want you to grow up and be proud that your mom left a positive foot print.
My heart has never known a love so deep and evergrowing. I have cried, laughed, screamed but most importantly, and above all, I have loved you with every bit of my existence. Whenever life kicks me down, you’re there to remind me why I sacrifice things and why I do the things I do. You remind me that God is within you and I. Loving you has reminded me that faith is a relationship of love between us and Jesus.
My wish for you is that you never stop learning, never settle for less then you deserve, never quit your daydream. You will change the world. You will live in a different generation/culture than your dad and I. I hope that you grow up in a world where you are not made to believe that being a women is a curse. I hope that you celebrate differences in cultures, in religion, and see differences in skin color as a reminder of individuality. That you grow up in a world where “loving thy neighbor” is inclusive of anyone and everyone around you. I hope you never forget not only where you come from, but also where your mom and dad come from. I hope you embrace your Cuban culture as much as your American. I hope that you are proud of me.
To infinity and beyond,
I love you.
Thank you to my friend, Javier Guerrero, for snapping these candid photos while on Maddy's first birthday shoot. I'll treasure these forever.