I made her two aprons. One, a girl apron in pink floral and polka dots. The other a plain, John Deere print with tractor pockets - farm girl wanna be apron. She is an amazing cook, infusing her creations with sensuous passion. I think she stays pure and virginal physically because she can release and transform her desire into the food she shares. We have been blessed by many meals where the only sound at the table was a soft moan of satiated hunger.
Tucked into the aprons was a love note. Her middle name is Rose. Another gift to the world is her music. I will miss the piano throbbing the windows silly. The girl has soul. You can't learn it or buy it. You can only be born with it. It has nothing to do with perfection or performance.
On the back are taped tickets. Unlimited tickets to return home or ask for help if she needs to.
This was a love letter printed with crayon on first grade tablet paper.
It seems like yesterday when she was practicing cursive on it.
Tessa Punkin' Noodle Rosebud ~
Don't forget whose you are.
Be the bride.
Look loved instead of trying to look good.
Present yourself as a gift.
See others in that pink light also.
Live simple and real.
Live fully alive and engaged.
Work and love from fullness and rest.
Be instead of do.
Don't look back.
Move forward within the tension of waiting.
Smile on your world.
You are needed.