"From The Heart Of A Joyous Child"
Donna McDermott
(From Joyful Child Journal)

Dear Mommy and Daddy,

I write this letter to you in hopes that you will consider your approach to parenting me before I arrive.  I am a joyous child. I thrive on love and respect, order and consistency. When I arrive, I will seem very small to you. Even though I don't look like an adult,
please understand that I am a human being. 

Even though I will not speak words to you, I will know you with my heart . I will feel all your feelings, absorb your thoughts. I come to know you more than you may know yourself. Do not be misled by my silence.  I am open, growing and learning more rapidly than you can imagine. 

I will make imprints of all that I see, so please give me beauty to rest my eyes upon. 
I will record all that I hear, so please give me sweet music and language that tells me 
how much I am loved.  Give me silence to rest my ears. I will absorb all that I feel, so please wrap our life in love. 

I am waiting patiently to be with you. I am so happy to have the opportunity to be with 
you.  I am so happy to have the opportunity to be alive.  Maybe when you see me you will remember how precious life is too!

Your joyous child.