To My Graduate.

June 19, 2018

Well, today is the day!! You are graduating 8th grade at Brielle. It feels like yesterday when you started and you probably don’t remember but you didn’t want to leave my side. I hope you never do.

Patrick, I wanted to write you this today to tell you how extremely proud I am of you. You worked really hard in school and in everything you put your mind to. Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and school work. This year I received emails that I didn’t want to get, but that’s okay. It’s all part of growing up and ready to “get out” of the school you have been in for years. I get it. As long as you learned a lesson from each one. Remember that I will ALWAYS have your back if you are not at fault or blamed for something you did not do. (I will always ask for proof and do my homework)

You are starting a new chapter in your book and I know that you will continue to work hard at everything that you do. Continue to stay focused in school and on the field and you will go far in this life. Respect your teachers, coaches and peers. Be a leader and not a follower. Stay healthy. For you only have one body in this life and you need to take good care of it.

Have fun, but learn how to balance it all. Study!! If there is one thing that does not come easy to both you and I, that’s school work; but that’s okay. Work hard, play hard, show up, listen and lift others and it will all pay off.

Remember that having fun does not mean drinking just because you are in High School or because others are doing it or because others think it’s cool. It’s really not that cool and definitely not all that fun and it will make you slow, sick, silly and chubby. Make good decisions, not stupid ones. Choose your friends and girlfriends wisely. Observe and take note carefully of peers and their parents. Children are a reflection of their parents. Keep those eyes wide open.

Be a sponge. Listen and learn.

Be a player on the field and not with the girls.

Think for yourself. Do not let others talk you into doing something that doesn’t feel right. Always go with your gut, listen to your heart and always ask dad or I if you are not sure; whatever it may be.

I look forward to this next chapter in your life and I am so happy that I am able to watch you everyday grow into the man you are becoming.

You are and always will be the man of my house (12 years and many more) and the sunshine of my life. There are so many days I wish I could still rock you to sleep, and lay in my bed and watch movies with you. I miss that and I hope one day you will ask me to watch a movie or ride bikes, or have a race. Time went by too fast and I miss my little boy.

Please continue to shine bright. Smile always. Stand tall. Walk with your head high always. Stay sweet. Respect all life especially the girls. Be true to your feelings and be honest with them. Remember, lying gets you nothing but caught. Especially with me. (ha)

Shake hands always with a firm grip, look people in the eyes, say thank you, hold doors for everyone, play the game on the field, in the classroom and in life. I know sometimes its hard, but you have to do it in order to win this amazing game called LIFE.

I love you Patrick James. Congrats on 8th Grade Graduation.