My dear Andrea,

From the moment you were born I knew you were special. Your beautiful eyes and a smile have been melting my heart ever since. You are 9 years now, and your charm combined with your intelligence and your emotional character make you even more special.

You already speak 3 languages. You are the best in your class with math and reading. Your hand-writing is like an art. And you can draw and paint very well. Every school report is full of best words for you, and the ’10 minutes’ with your teacher are always only 2-3 minutes because she has nothing else to say except that you have been doing excellent. Because of that, I am very proud of you my dear!

The day we went together to the library to borrow a book for your first presentation at school, and you picked up ‘Matilda’ I knew there was no coincidence, smart people attract smart experiences. Your decision to talk about Macedonia at your next school presentation is also something that makes me very proud of you. It means that you are aware of your roots, Dutch by your father and Macedonian by your mother, and you show that with pride.

I still remember the day when you came home from school being angry on another classmate who told you that robots are not for girls. You were right my dear, robots are also for girls. Technology is not only for boys, technology is for all who love it, no matter the gender.

When you were only 5 you had your business plan to become an entrepreneur and open your own business when you grow up. You wanted to make and sell cards and other creative self-crafted things via internet, so the people all over the world could buy them, but also your grandma and grandpa in Macedonia. For people in Amsterdam you had an idea to open a shop on Museum Square in Amsterdam. Your imagination was and still is limitless!

You have proved that you are also very good in acting, you can act and dance very well, and do little crazy but nice things. And that’s all fine, because I know in those moments you are you, the sweet girl full of energy and passion for life. That’s why you got my Oscar, because you are the best actress in the world for the show called ‘Andrea’s life’.

Once I asked you what do you want to be when you grow up, you told me you wanted to be yourself. You have been wise beyond your age, and that made me extremely proud of you! So please do stay yourself! You are a multi-talented girl and whatever you decide to do in your life, the most important is to stick to your values, to flourish your talents, and be happy with what you do. You are brave and hardworking, keep on that way. And you are always willing to learn new things, that’s great, the knowledge will make you stronger when facing challenging situations in your life. Life will bring you many challenges, don’t be afraid, accept them as another learning experience. We grow through the difficult moments and challenges. Life will also bring you lots of nice and beautiful moments, enjoy and celebrate them! In the moments when you will have to make important decisions follow your heart and instinct, they will never disappoint you. Believe in yourself and don’t ever doubt about your skills and capabilities! You are such a smart girl! The sky is the limit for you!

From here to the moon and back is too little compared to how much we I love you my dear!

With love,