Heed my words, child,
For the world is a harsh place indeed.
Hold fast to the warmth that surrounds you,
Lest the fear and hatred beyond our home chill your heart.
The cold fangs of winter are dull indeed compared to
The cruelty that can befall you,
Stronger than the blinding snow,
More relentless than the hungriest of wolves.
You must strengthen both body and mind,
If you are to survive.
Be it a broken heart or a broken bone, neither are quick to mend,
Know full well, first, that the medicine you imbibe is not instead poison,
Nor the poultice the harbinger of the plague better known as self-doubt.
The weak may survive, aye, but are often broken in spirit,
If not broken wholly by the obstacles they face,
Then by the fears
Never forget your way home, my dear, sweet child.
The world beyond our door may reject you,
But there will always be love for you here.
Do not fear to approach me, for
There is naught but love in my heart for you.
Wherever your path may take you, take care, little one.
You aren't a babe anymore, and mercy is in short supply.
Choose your friends wisely; Think deeply on who will be your mate.
Those who remain true to you will seek to guide you when life is at its most troubling,
And love you when it seems that no others do.
Be yourself, for there are none exactly like you;
Masks are for those who seek to hide, not for true beauty such as what you possess.
Love may cause great pain at times, but this often passes;
Like seeking honey from the hive, it may bring its share of stings,
But greater sweetness abounds before, after, and in between.
Beware the love that brings only pain, child, and sorrow in equal measure
Such love is not for you; it never gives forth any pleasure.
You may fly far, and run fast, through lands both known and uncharted.
Please, take heed, and may my words stick fast to your brain.
I only wish long-lasting health and happiness for you,
Not as snow that melts in the spring rains.
My blessing you have, for all of your days, and
So will your children, too.
Always remember; Pray, never forget, my little child
Forever and anon, my baby you'll be,
And I will always, always, always
Even as you love me.