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A Grandfather's letter to his first unborn grandchild : hopes, wishes and worries.
As I am writing this to you, you are safely growing in your mother's womb, getting a little bigger and stronger by the day. You are not due to this world until the first week of January, I've been told, but I have to admit, I have been thinking a lot about you lately. I don't know if you're a little girl ot a little boy. Nobody knows actually except for the doctors. See, your Mom has chosen not to know, so you will be a surprise to everyone, and I like it that way. You've got a fine mother. I don't know her that well, having met her only twice, but she impressed me with her personality and her qualities. Needless to say, I like her a lot. On the other hand, I know your father quite well : he's my son. And I can tell you right now, he has no idea of the responsabilities that are going to fall upon his shoulders, the very minute we hear your first cry. But he'll manage, just like I did, Just like my father and his father before him did.
As impatient as I am for you to join the clan, I am also worried. The thought crossed my mind that something could go wrong with you or your Mom. You know, this kind of nervous feeling one experiences before boarding an airplane. We know everything will be fine in the end, but we can't help thinking about it anyway. But so far, you're both doing just fine. Isn't an ultrasound the greatest thing ? Too bad we can't just look at yours for now !
What worries me too is your future. This world you're coming into is not human friendly. Of course, we all want the best possible for you, but we live in troubled times and I don't foresee your life being so easy, wishing of course I am wrong. I am the first generation in our family who hasn't been called to go to war in over a hundred years.Your Dad is the second generation My dearest wish for you is that you will be part of the third generation.
The irony is that, as time progresses, humanity should learn from experiences and mistakes, but as our life is made easier all the time with new technology, why do I get the notion that somehow, we are going backwards. One would think that with such powerful means as the internet, for example, communication between people as well as education in general would improve. Is it the case ? I'm not sure. Anyway, we'll have plenty of time later to discuss this as you grow up and learn. Because you don't know it yet, but you and I will talk a lot, provided I am around for some time.
You're coming to this world with a lot of pluses on your side. You will be born into a close knit, loving family, and even though it can be overbearing sometimes, this alone, Child, is priceless ! Both your parents are good providers, so you will probably always have what you need until you fly off the nest. Both of them work in the medical field, so your health and growth will be over scrutinized. Both sets of your grandparents are alive and reasonably well, so you can be sure they'll all stand in everybody's and each other's way just to catch a glimpse of you. And try to spoil you rotten too !
But in the end, your life will be yours, and your decisions and choices will determine which direction you want to go. Most likely, you will be baptized and that's where we'll draw the line. You will be left to make your own decisions as you grow up and discover the world, but you'll never be alone to do so, you can always rely on any of us for advice and help if you so wish. We'll be there for you.
Never underestimate the power of education, it will get you where you want to go. Never overestimate the power of money : it'll buy you things, but it's not what ultimately will make you happy. Enjoy your childhood, this worry-free time that will never be repeated for as long as you'll live. Be kind to others, as there is no real justification for not being so. Never miss an opportunity to laugh. Because you see, in the end this will be my only wish for you : I want you to be happy in life, whichever way you choose to get there. If you make happiness, yours and others as well, your purpose in life, you have it made, Kid !
Your Grandfather (you know, the crazy, ugly one!)
Copyright 2012 by Austinhealy, his heirs and assigns.
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