My grandchildren, my dear grandchildren, you are on the cusp of life.
There was a time a few years back, when together you climbed a fence to see what was on the other side. With curiosity, together you all climbed higher to have a better view of what was beyond where you had been standing on your side of the fence.
Today, you are all four year older.
You are on the side of the fence that represents childhood.
You will quickly go over that fence between childhood and move into adulthood.
There is a very important thing I don’t want you to neglect as you move on with your life: family.
You are all just beginning the adventures you will have in your future. As you move on into the next year, I am so excited for all of you. I hope you have much success and a lot of fun discovering who you are and what you want out of life. I hope you will stay in touch with me. I love texts, phone calls, or video calls. I am here. Call me. I’ll try not to bug you much, but I will check in once in a while with a text or a call.
Our family has had a lot of sadness in the past few years. I hope if there is one truth that you all know for sure, it is this:
I have great confidence in you abilities to make wise choices. I also know that if and when you make a misstep, and we all do, you know that you have a team behind you cheering you on in your family.
Text an uncle or an aunt or a cousin, or make a call to you mom or to your dad, or to you grandma and let them know you love them now and again. We truly are all here for you. If you need help, ask one of us for it.
Know that I pray for you, each of you, every day.