Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Pearl 2: Celebrate Life

Dearest Gehrig and Eliana,

Good Morning, my sweet darlings.  I hope this letter finds you warm, happy, healthy and loved.  I can guarantee the latter.  Your grandmother Vicki got home last Saturday and I have missed her.  She misses you two already.  In fact, the moment she left your apartment, she began missing you.  You both have been such a joy to her, everything she ever hoped for in grandchildren.  You have been a joy to me as well and I feel exactly the same as she does.  Very blessed.

It is hard to believe you have been with us for only three weeks.  You are growing and changing so quickly, each of you developing your own distinct personalities.  Even though you are different and will become more distinct as you grow older, I hope you will always be good friends.  In fact, work hard at that.  Protect and love each other. As you grow older it will become increasingly important and a source of joy and contentment for you.

How is your “Aunt” Jennifer?  She is a really nice lady, isn’t she?  She has lots of experience taking care of young folks like you so I am sure you are in good hands while your Grandma Vicki is away.  But never fear Grandma Vicki will be back shortly for a long stay so, hopefully, your Mom can get some much needed sleep.  You guys are wearing her out, you know, but that is to be expected, I guess.  Moms always seem to dip down deep into that well of endurance during these times and your Mom is no exception.  When she is passionate about something, there is no stopping her.  You will observe this more over time than you do right now.  You will find her an excellent role model.

I understand Dad is working really long hours.  He recently got a nice promotion and recognition for his hard work and contribution to this company, HSBC.  You should be very proud of him.  Your Mom is and so are Grandma Vicki and I.  I knew he would bear down even harder now but remind him not to miss these precious first months with you guys.  They will go by so quickly and can never be relived.  Yup, that’s the way it is in this world, we only go around once, which brings me to my next “Pearl

Second Pearl:  Celebrate Life

Take every opportunity to celebrate life.  That way joy and happiness will be your constant companions.  Make a big deal out of celebrating birthdays, yours and others; they are yearly reminders of how precious the gift of life is.  Go all out to celebrate Christmas and Easter, the two most important remembrances of our faith and excellent opportunities to give to others as we have been given to.  Celebrate the birth of our nation of freedom on Independence Day, the sacrifice of those who have fought and died to preserve that freedom on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Celebrate each New Year, each new birth, even each death because all honor life.  Celebrate Valentines Day to remind someone you love or care for that they are an important part of your life.  And when the time comes, celebrate Anniversaries to honor the commitment and renew the vow of love you have for that partner you have selected for lifetime.

Everyone celebrates life in their own way, some more than others, but the happiest people I know celebrate life as much as possible and as often as possible.  You will develop your own traditions for holidays, but don’t wait for a holiday.  Celebrate life everyday.  Like Joe E. Lewis (a famous comedian from the 40’s) once said, “You only live once….but if you work it right, once is enough”.

All my love, sweethearts.                                  
Grandpa Jud             

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