Holy Fuck. You are the same age I was when I had you now.
I look at you and I see so much potential it brings tears to my eyes. You are truly a fantastic human being and the fact that I have not totally fucked you up beyond all recognition is a testament to who you are as a person. The odds were against us...young, unwed mother who still had to finish growing up herself. Systems that were in place to allegedly help but that ended up trying to drag me down. Haters and doubters, some in my own family, who were convinced that we would fall flat on our faces and were just waiting to point and say "I told you so".
They are still waiting.
Some people look at teen mothers and think, "Oh boy. What a mistake." That, my love, you never were. You were never an inconvenience or a burden. You were the one thing that saved me from myself. Because of you, I was forced to become a better person.
We have had our fights. Good Lord, we have had our fights. There have been some doozies...but...There has never ever been a time when I regretted you. Ever. Every single person that I talk to about you thinks the world of you. They all see you for the amazing person you are. You are beautiful inside and out. Don't ever forget that.
There will come times in your life when you won't feel beautiful. When society will tell you you aren't (insert adjective) enough; when guys will reject you for whatever reason, when you get into a fight with your parents, your friends bicker with you, you have a rough day at work...but please please please promise me that you will always remember that you are so much more than you are feeling at those times. That life has its ups and downs, but that you are always strong enough to climb the hills.
And remember very hard:
You are my sunshine.
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are gray.
You'll never know dear
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.