Dear Santa,

I know that I’m a few pounds heavier than I was last year 
I still want to sit on your lap  
If you don’t mind, I’d like to get comfortable because this list may take a while  
No, I haven’t been a good girl this year  
Truth be told, I’ve been a great girl this year  
I guess I’ll just start right here  
I want a few ears to listen when I speak  
I want a set of hands to console me when I’m weak  
I want a big load of laughter that I can feel in my tummy  
I want to utilize all of my God-given gifts and smile because no one can take them from me  
I want the love in my heart to show in all of my actions  
I want my thoughts to flow freely  
I want to write the story that is inside of me  
I want to encounter people who accept all and not just a part of me  
I want to be thankful with each breath that I take  
I want to grow from all of my mistakes   
I want to have joy with each sunrise  
Santa, I know you have other people to see  
Overall, just help me to continue working on me.   

Written By: Marquisha Applewhite