Our eldest son is graduating.
Isn't he a fine looking fellow? Doesn't his outstanding character just shine through?
This is the letter we wrote to him.
Today is a big day in your life. A day of endings, and a day of new beginnings.
Eighteen years ago you came into our lives. You were our firstborn, and we didn’t have a clue how to be parents. The responsibility of being a parent at times, was and is overwhelming. When we brought you home as a little tiny bundle, we were delighted to have our family grow to include a son. Your Dad was so proud. Well, we fumbled our way through your infancy and toddler years, and before we knew it, you were going off to Kindergarten.
All through your school years, your teachers all said, what a delightful boy you were and what a pleasure it was to have you in their classes. Lessons were often a struggle for you, but you never gave up. There were many times during your education when the challenges you faced seemed insurmountable, as parents our hearts would break at each hurdle you faced. But you dug your heels in, lifted your chin, and always looked forward. You never let the difficulties you had to face, beat you down. The more challenges life threw your way, the more determined you became. When most other people may have given up and walked away, you kept on plugging away at it. You could have made it easier on yourself by selecting an easier course load, but instead, you opted to take some of the most difficult courses your school offered.
You have grown into a fine young man. We know, that no matter what life sends your way, you will be fine. The road lies ahead of you full of all kinds of wonderful possibilities. This is an exciting time, the beginnings of your adult life. We have every confidence in you Andrew, that whatever direction life takes you, that you are prepared to face new challenges with strength and dignity. The same determination that has gotten you through high-school, is what will make you a success in whatever career you embark upon.
So, Congratulations son as you Graduate today. We love you, we are SO proud of you.
May God watch over you and continue to keep you in His care as you move forward.
Love, Mum & Dad