When you were born, your dad and I were delighted! We could barely believe
that we finally had a daughter of our own, a child that belonged to just us.
We think you ought to know however that you were a procrastinator even then,
making an arrival into the world a full three weeks late!
you were only two, you said that you
would never leave us. We cherished that
because we knew it was a promise
you could not keep.
But how could we have understood just how
quickly your time with us would pass?
When you were
just five, you asked us if it was okay
for people to burn the flag. Honestly,
so out of the blue your dad could only
ask what you thought — and
you definitely had an opinion.
A few moments later you were in junior
high, and we watched in awe as you challenged
school board in a public forum. Even
though the outcome wouldn’t
affect you directly, and despite warnings that the issue was too controversial,
you saw it as a matter of principle and stood up when others could not find
a way to do so. You made a choice that day, to act on your beliefs. Your dad
and I were not the only people impressed — you were on the news and quoted
in the paper. You made a stand for others, and you did it well! Perhaps even
then we didn’t realize where you were heading in life, but it seems that
you’ve known all along. By the time you were in high school, and
on to college you were doing things that were beyond anything we could
imagined. You continue to amaze us, your dreams are large.
Through the years we’ve watched how kind and generous you’ve been
to your friends and how you’ve loved and cared for your pets. We saw
that you truly understood the concept of good sportsmanship; that friendship
and honesty were always more important to you than winning at any cost. We’ve
watched you fight tenaciously for what you believe in, and we’ve
also noticed how often you have unselfishly helped to create opportunities
usually at your own expense. You have character and you have integrity,
those values will serve you well.
This day has come so quickly — you are about to graduate from college!
It has taken your dad and I every bit of this time to realize that you do not
completely belong to us at all, at least not in the way we believed on that
day you were born. In truth, God merely lent you to us, until you were ready
the world — and we were so very privileged for it. You are a very
special individual in the world community and we will always love and cherish
On this day we send to you our heartfelt congratulations on all that you
have accomplished, and all that you are.
Mom and Dad
and best of luck with your new job, we are
so proud of you! We know that you will be working
to make the world a better