Friday, July 27, 2012

If The Sky is The Limit... Infinity is A Possibility...

"My Son… Watching you grow has been the delight of my life. I look at you and wonder what dreams you will dream, what mountains you will climb, what joys you will have. I know there will be tears and struggles as well, but my prayer is that you will grow into the man you are meant to be.”

It is an amazing feeling when (as a parent) you are being taught about life’s limitless possibilities, which most of the time you think are out of reach, due to your circumstances. My son just taught me that your circumstance is not strife to disable you; it is a mere present condition on your road to greatness…

While all his friends were getting ready to end the school year and take on the summer break, he was running left and right after his dad, me, and his teachers to fill out applications, forms, and testimonials (or recommendations) to make sure he could be chosen to participate in the “Prep@Pingre” Summer Program. While family and friends joined us for the July 4th holiday and the stayed the following days for celebration and fun, he woke up every morning to be at his bus stop for school at 7:30am.
While his sister is in Florida, enjoying days of fun, he gets back home after 4:30pm, with homework and exciting tales of what he learned.
While he could choose to rest on his laurels, he is already 100 steps ahead. He’s maximizing the opportunity he has been given; maximizing that “foot in the door” break he opened for himself. And he knows our present situation; he knows that no matter how hard mom and dad work, we can’t afford those high schools (which carry yearly tuitions that are double our yearly mortgage payment). The silver lining is, in keeping up with his excellent academic results in his upcoming last year of middle school, it will most certainly guarantee him a scholarship to some of the best Prep schools or Academies in New England

Today he came back home excited, as he got the opportunity to interview representatives from some of those top institutions. He got to determine and select his first 5 choices and filled in all of his requests form. His eyes are on the prize, his focus is on his future, and his commitment is to achieve his very best…
Pride doesn’t come close to describe what I feel for my little big man. His dreams are just as large as any of the ones I mastered up for him, so to see him single handily and candidly put in motion the wheels to make them a reality, a story to live, leaves me in reverence…

I am proud of my kids for every new milestone they have come through unscathed thus far, in their short lives. I also get excited every time they demonstrate their own little independence by showing ownership.
My son is on the brink of turning 13, gets excellent grades, manages to have a busier social life than mine, is kind to ALL, cares for others and does for others. Pleasing people is one of his biggest sources of pride. At times I worry that his focus on making others happy will take the back seat to his own happiness, but he always goes and proves to me that unless he is happy, he couldn’t offer it to anyone else.

I’m a mother immersed in the love I have for my child. Although the person I see every day in front of me, the one that gives me over 20 kisses in the course of a day, the one that always reaches for my touch and the one who always speaks his love for me freely is only a glimpse of the man he’ll turn out to be; I’m in admiration and full of respect of what his personality and character are shaping him into. He is appreciative of the core values we are giving him. Not only that, but he looks further than the ground the “hubby” and I laid for him, worked and are still working on to keep firm and solid in his road toward manhood.

"You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. If you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes."
Author: Walter Schirra Sr.

To one of the constant teachers in my life…my son


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