July 25, 2011
My Dearest Maria,
Well you are headed back to Michigan to start 8th grade. I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your visit to Texas this summer, and I hope you enjoyed your stay. We had a lot of good times, and as usual we had our “moments”.
I for one am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and this is my first time raising a daughter. So if I don’t do it as well as I should, the next time we visit and the next effort will no doubt be an improvement- as it should be when people and families grow together.
I have watched you grow and change over the last 1.5 years- more dramatically than in prior segments of your life. It is impressive how you are finding yourself, and I am sure the next time we see each other, you will have changed some more.
What will not change, is your good spirit, and the great heart you have for others. You are a fair person, and expect the same in return. Sometimes it doesn’t happen, and more often than not- you will find people that don’t meet your expectations. Trust and loyalty are your strongest suit, and your greatest expectation from others. Having been down the road a little longer- I can tell you that by the end of your life you will count your “true” friends on one hand. This has been my experience, and it is hard to believe at times- but trust me- it’s true.
Hannah is a true friend. I am grateful for the two of you to have each other.
So for the rest of the summer, have a great time with Hannah. Spend more time with your mom because she loves you more than anybody, and she deserves your respect. You never know when the last time you see someone is, so treat every visit with that in mind.
I will always love you