Now that you have your own Kodak camera, I hope that you are ready to part with mine. Please make sure that you wipe your grimy fingerprints off of it and carefully return it to its rightful place and owner (me). And please don't break your new camera, (because we didn't buy the extended warranty). I'm not really sure why; because you're only eleven.
With this in mind: Happy Birthday Sweetheart.
I can't believe that you are starting out a whole new decade on planet earth. I sometimes had my doubts that you would make it this far, but I will explain all this to you in another decade.
I want you to know that I love you very much. You are a wonderful daughter and a sweet blessing. You have such a kind heart and so much compassion for everyone. Animals just love you. You are like the zoo whisperer. If I ever end up in a lion's den I would want you to be there with me (I am not joking). If I ever go on safari, I want you with me. You have such compassion for others but I wish you would stop watching the news. It breaks my heart when I see your face when there is something bad on (which is all the time) because your empathy for others is just so powerful. But your kindness is extraordinary. I've seen you cry for strangers because their plight in life has affected you so much. Sometimes I think you're a very old soul in a very little body. I love that when you go to bed you try very hard to include everyone in your prayers, but sometimes I'm pretty sure you're just pushing to stay up late when you start talking about the tree that fell over or the bug that got squashed.
Happy Birthday Sweetheart. And please consider this your birthday card because I forgot to buy you one.