January 11, 2020-
I have watched you struggle with so much of life,
including matters which you should not have had to face,
at least not at the age at which life brought them to your doorstep.
I’ve done my level best, most of the time, to help you along.
There were times when that best was not sufficient.
There were the times when we both flailed,
and others, fortunately, came to our aid.
You made a wise choice,
as I did before you,
to seek the structure of the military,
in establishing a sense of priority,
and beginning to sort out a life plan.
That plan led you through the vagaries,
and sometimes disordered process,
of service to our country.
It also led you back to the land of your birth.
You found a home for your heart,
and brought your true love back,
to unite two families.
Now, you are back with our families,
and I trust you are being received well.
I also trust that,
whoever joins our family,
in the years ahead,
will also find a warm welcome,
with no conditions attached.
You have a bright future ahead,
my most precious son.
Choose carefully, and wisely,
never acting out of spite,
malice, or hurt feelings.
It is a tall order,
and you were raised
to stand tall.
I look forward
to many years
of standing wherever
you need me to stand.
You will always be treasured.