To My Dearest Norah D,
Today you turn nine.
When I decided to write you this letter, I had intended on making a list of all the things I love about you. I thought about what kind of girl you are, and what kind of woman you will become. I thought about all the things that make you great: your sense of humor, your sense of style, the way you make friends so easily, your kindness and compassion and fierce loyalty to the people you love. There is no doubt that you are an amazing girl and a wonderful person, and if I DID make a list of your Greatness the list would be long. I just love you so much, and I am so proud of you.
Once I started writing, though, telling you about your great qualities was not quite enough.