To My Son – A Graduation Letter

For our son’s graduation banquet presented by our church, we were asked to write a letter to him then read it at the event. On the way there, he asked me what was in it, and I told him he’d have to wait and see. He was just sure it would be “too long, too sappy, and too personal.” Well, for once the 18-yr-old know-it-all didn’t know that he’d actually like what I wrote.

To our fifth child and second son,

We have great memories of your little diapered self sliding around in spilled cooking oil, you dumping out Mary Kay powder all over yourself and the carpet, of you biting through your tongue when you were one and again when you were two, of my having to purchase a playpen so we could both survive your baby- and toddlerhood, of you hanging from the tailgate of the truck by your belt loop, and of the Christmas your dad asked you what Santa was bringing you, and you informed him with all your 4-year-old knowledge and authority, SANTA CLAUSE IS FAKE!

You endured pranks by three older sisters who thought it was great fun to feed you lemons, put you in dresses, and scare you with the vacuum cleaner. At least to my knowledge they didn’t do all three at the same time.

We’ve watched you being drawn toward government and politics, figure math problems differently than the lessons teach, grasp science and history way beyond what your mother has taught you, and exhibit a sharp wit that makes us laugh–and sometimes scratch our heads and wonder how you got to be smarter than we are.

Along with the privilege it is to be your parents and to have taught you at home, the greatest joy we have experienced is when our faith in Christ that we have so imperfectly shared with you became your own. It is a day we will never forget.

We look forward to watching you hone the skills you will need to walk through the doors God opens for you as your use your gifts and talents for Him.

We love you. 

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
My son, let them not vanish from your sight;
Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
So they will be life to your soul
And adornment to your neck.
Then you will walk in your way securely
And your foot will not stumble.

Proverbs 3:13, 21-23

Janice Powell 2017

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