The month of May was pretty extraordinary and amazing for my wife Susan and me. Our daughter Lauren received her master’s degree in Public Administration from FIU and two weeks later delivered a beautiful 7-pound, 12-ounce bouncing baby boy at South Miami Hospital. Benjamin, who is just now opening his eyes and looking around, is Lauren and Levi’s first child.
And then, our son Jeff earned his master’s in Business Administration from Washington University. As far as his immediate plans are concerned, we like to say, “He got drafted by one of those big communication companies.”
This time in our lives is rather significant. Our children have, I believe, finished their formal education and we have become grandparents for the first time. It has caused us to contemplate life. And Susan and I have been thinking about it a lot.
As I contemplate the past and look to the future, I know one thing for sure: we are very proud of our children and their accomplishments. Last week, in a highly emotional moment with my eyes filled with tears, I managed to tell them, “In 25 years from now, I hope that you are as proud of your children as we are of each of you.”
There’s an old saying – “It takes a village to raise a child.” I believe it truly does. So many people in our village have been shining stars to our children and each of them should celebrate with us for a job well done. Thank you so much, muchas gracias, merci and toda.