founder of naked leader
You have been an inspiration to me, my beliefs and writing every day since I first met you, when you were just 3 years old. I write about you, talk about you and am still amazed at how much you and your brother have taught me, and continue to do so.
And to think you were diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of 8 – you were told there was something ‘wrong’ with you and overnight we all became experts in something we knew so little about. Your mum and I went through many exercises with you, you were given extra time at school and we received a torrent of advice, most of which suggested you would be held back in life from achieving your dreams.
Three abiding memories of what has happened since then, and now:
One – Denise Thornton – The one expert who told you how lucky you were to have dyspraxia, and how many famous people have the same thing, and have used it to their advantage Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Branson, Einstein to name but three. Oh, what a difference that made in you – to your belief, confidence and of course, future…
Two – I suppose I should have guessed your love and passion for maths when you completed that Super Fiendish Sudoku quicker than I completed the Easy one. However, nothing prepared me for being there when you received your First Class Honours Degree in Maths from Southampton University. You said to me “I am sorry you came all this way for just 60 seconds” (The time it took for you to walk on the stage to receive your award). Olivia, I would have walked to the other side of the world to see that minute.
And three, the reason for the timing of this letter – you have just passed your final exam to become a qualified Management Accountant. WOW!!! You passed every exam first time, you carried on your day job at Whitbread throughout, and when you came home you never once took your stress of studying out on me.
Well, maybe that last bit isn’t entirely true!
But I don’t mind.
How could I?
Because, achievements, arguments and anything else aside, please always know this one thing more than any other:
I love you
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