That's you, reading to your friends. I was washing the dishes and I heard you were speaking in different tones so I turned around, and found you doing this. Slowly, not to distract you, I pat my hands dry and grabbed my phone to take a snap. That's you, 'Aysha. A girl who lovesssss books, more than I thought you would! Your eyes would shine every time we read you one. You could even finish up the sentences of your favourite book, especially The Berensteins' On The Moon! You love that one.. And when we're too busy doing something else, you'd read the books by yourself and make your friends listen.
You also love following me to our centre every night. You'd get excited to wear your tudung and would ask to bring your bag. In class, you'd sit on your own high chair, and I'd give you your paper, pencil and eraser. Oh, I should never forget the eraser.. And you'd be alright, learning just like the other big kids. Your paper would be full of scribbles. I know you can't wait to write too. I bet you'd be a great writer.
Babah and me try really hard to be good examples to you because you sure like to copy us! You learn so fast too.. You'd be the one reminding us to read the doa before we eat and in the car. We'd ask you who makes the food yummy? And you'd say, "Allah..". So, when I'd be talking with Babah saying that the food is yummy, you'd say very loudly "ALLAH!", just in case we forget.You would now not go out of the house without your tudung, something that I didn't deliberately teach you but I guess it's just something that you want to do by yourself. You like to follow the way we walk, the way we put our hands when we talk, the way we sit, the way we do almost everything! It's so entertaining to watch.. You're observing and absorbing so many new things that go into your brilliant little head, developing your own world. We hope your world is as beautiful as ours, now that you are a part of it.
My darling little girl,
Today, you are two years old. Sometimes I can't believe that you were once a baby, my little tiny baby.. Because now you seem so big, confident and brave! Subahanallah.. Allah has created you so well.
You are going to grow up and face so many other new things in your life. Some things will stay, like your Babah and my love to you. But some things can change. I want you to be strong and always remember that whatever happens, you have so many people who love you. And you should never ever forget, that you have Allah. Allah is always there. And Allah never disappoints. You should always remember that.
Happy 2nd birthday, sayang. No words can describe my love to you. I love you soooo much. So, so much. I pray every single day that you'll grow up pleasing Allah and be the best servant to Him. Grow well, my little beautiful girl. Till next time.
Hugs and sloppy kisses,