Eve, it’s time I taught you,
Now that you are one,
How to fill your life with magic,
Laughter, love and fun.
Always keep your feelings honest,
Always listen to your heart,
There may be things you’re scared to do,
But never be scared to start.
Then I know you will be happy,
And you’ll make others happy too.
You will find there’s nothing better,
Than making people smile like you.
Grow to be just like your mummy,
Strong-willed and oh-so-kind,
I know she’ll be your strength in life,
Just like she’s been mine.
Have such great adventures,
Go see things I’ve never seen,
Learn languages and cultures,
Come back, and tell me where you’ve been.
Remember, it won’t always be easy,
And sometimes you’ll feel alone.
That’s when I promise I will be there,
So you are never on your own.
You will overcome some obstacles,
You will face your share of pain.
You will find love, and you will lose it.
But you will find it once again.
And I will be there through your best times,
And I will be there through your worst.
Because, of all the girls in all the world,
Eve, you are the first.
I wrote this poem for my niece, Eve, for her first birthday.
Marathon training on Formby Beach.