My dearest Husna, my love. You turned 1 year yesterday. What a momentous occasion and joy for abba and ibbu. It has been a lovely year indeed. Watching you grow day by day, watching your antics, your quirks and all. Your cheeky smile is infectious. It made my day, every day. When I feel down, I just remember your smile.
Everyday I watched you sleep and made a mental calculation of how big you have grown. I tried to remember the days when I can hold you on one arm and not feel a thing. And now, I have to keep shifting you from left to right because you are getting heavier! My oh my….
People told me not to hold you too much. Nanti manja. But I just thought that my days of picking you up is numbered. So I decide to hold you tight.
Ibbu worries about you developments. So little girl, you have to beef up some effort here. Which you’ve tried, no doubt. Just the other day, you already sitting on your own! I’m so proud. I’m sure you’re going to turn out fine, no worries!
Your journey is still far. I wish that I could be there along the way, watching you. Though I might just look from afar. Don’t be made at me if I don’t pick you up immediately. I won’t be there all the time, so you need to be strong and independent. A good parent ‘prepare the child for the road’ and not ‘the road for the child’. I hope you understand. Though my heart leaped to ease you wound and bumps, I have to contain myself.
We hit a speed-bump these past few days. You’ve been diagnosed with a disease. It’s not a rare one and so it’s manageable. Ibbu dan Abba will do everything humanly possible to ease you through this. And the rest, we leave to Allah. May Allah blessed you and make you strong, make you cheerful and make you healthy.
You are much loved by family, friends and strangers alike. You touched people’s life as you touched ours. May Allah bless this family and make us the residents of jannah together. As our prayer taught by Allah in Furqan:74
وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا
And those who pray, “Our Lord! Grant unto us wives and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous.”