Here is the blessing that we read to our daughter on the day of her bat mitzvah. Reading it again today, I have not and will not change a word.
May your voice always be strong and compassionate.
May you find joy and comfort in your friendships.
May you understand your sadness and not fear it.
May you feel loved every day.
May you find trust in those who want the best for you and most importantly, in yourself.
And may you use your strength, kindness, intelligence and humor to
show the world who you really are.
I am glad that Rabbis asked for this instead of a speech, It felt right and good. I hope Maddy reads this years from an appreciates our truth and love.