my dearest Lily,

take as many fashion risks as you want. be as self expressive as you can but always stay true to yourself

go to concerts and listen to music live. as much as possible

have a best friend who you will share everything with. especially car rides. in particular the ones with no destination

color your hair pink. or purple. or whatever color you want. never take yourself too seriously

dress up and go dancing with your girlfriends

fall in love. get your heart broken. follow your heart. always love hard

i must admit that thinking of you as teenager scares the hell out of me

your teenage years are precious times that you will never get back again and they will not last that long

be as wild and free as you can be

i love you,

mommy