November 16, 2004

Proud As Proud Can Be

You know today I found myself telling yet another person at work about how great my daughter was doing... chip off the ole' block I say . "Boy do I know what she is going through, with school and work and all."

Then I realized today how very, very proud I am of my little girl. I beam every time I talk about it or think about her. I sort of say I done good, but really it is not me at all. (OK maybe a little bit) You see we raise them (Kids) the best we can, and we give them all the right tools and set them up for the right opportunities, but then they have to take the responsibility of life and make the choices... the right choices.

You see their tomorrow is only as good as they choose it to be and being prepared turns dreams into reality. You teach, you hope, you wish and you pray for your children from the moment they are born and you celebrate each success they make from first steps to stepping up on that stage to receive that degree. And it isn't all about degrees, it is about living a life with honor and integrity; to be able to care about humanity and be tough when you need to be. A life of balance.

So I say to my little girl, mommy is proud of you. For all you do, for all you have done, for all the times you chose not to do something. And for one of the biggest decisions of all, Christopher DeCaro, you two complement each other and with a little good fortune you will be able to grow old together like your father and I, loving each more every day.

I know you learned a lot about perseverance and hard work from me, let me just say, take time to relax and enjoy the journey. If I can look back and change one thing that would be it, not enough down time. But I think you have that covered, you are miles ahead of me in that department already.

Moderation in all things, and never forget to be companionate to those around you (and certainly to the less fortunate). Always remember no matter what, keep God in the center of your life and He will make sure everything else works out OK for you. (Trust in the Lord… and He shall direct your path)

Keep up the good work, Mommy loves you and is proud of you.


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