Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Letter To My Young Sister

Kelada,
I have never known you not to meet a challenge head on, and I do not expect this next phase of your life to be any different. As you stroll off into the hallowed halls of academia, albeit nestled within a most urbane setting, I have no doubt that you will "sparkle". You have a beautiful personality and you are sooooooo special, with your own brand of wit. I only ask that you rememeber there is a place for everything, and to keep everything in its place. One must excercise some restraint of the tongue even in an academic setting. And should you slip, bridges may be burnt, but they can also be rebuilt, even if it takes some time.

You are gifted beyond measure, and it is not just your intelligence that I allude to, although you are quite smart. Your ability to make people smile cannot be measured with accolades. And speaking of smiles, yours could light up a room. I wish you friendships that last lifetimes, and experiences that bring you closer to yourself and those you love. Also keep in mind that "book sense" is good, but "common sense" is absolutely vital.

I have great faith in your ability to make the right decisions. It is my most sincere belief that you are going to be totally alright. And if ever you should feel the need to talk or ask a question I am here. It is possible to live a full life without compromising yourself, all the while learning valuable life lessons. You can have fun without getting into trouble; just don't get caught doing anything you shouldn't be doing.

If I were a better big sister, I would have given you Oh The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess, for graduation (instead of sheets). It was the last book he wrote, but filled with more wisdom (in my humble, yet accurate opinion) than all his previous works collectively. I'll read it to you :) when you come over.

Don't be anxious, know that you are not alone, and most importantly believe in YOU!

"Your life is an occasion, rise to it." - Mr. Magorium

Be Safe.

p.s. in case you all hadn't noticed, I LOVE Dr. Suess. I felt the world had lost a great treasure when he died ( I was 14) and I still feel that way.

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