~ What I’m supposed to do:
- Get your blood flowing and your abs in shape by starting today with 2 sets of 10 sit-ups.
Simply put – not a chance. First, I am suffering from (temporary, I hope) positional vertigo, which means I can’t move my head rapidly or the whole world spins and I get nauseous.
Also, it’s Sunday. I’m resting today.
~ What I’m supposed to write:
- Write an encouraging letter to your parents, spouse, or children
To my daughter…
I know you know how very much I love you.
But I’m not sure if you know how very proud I am of you. I’m proud of your accomplishments and achievements, but more importantly, of who you have become in life. Not what you do, but who you are. I’m proud of your caring, your loyalty, your generosity, your love and compassion, your sense of responsibility, and your steel-hard core of knowing what’s right and what’s wrong and standing for it.
Your father and I have been blessed to see you grow and find your way in life. We have watched you stumble, and tried hard to let you trip and fall but still be there to help. I know that drove you crazy sometimes, but the hardest thing for a parent to do is to let go—whether it is taking off the training wheels on your first bike, sending you off to camp, seeing you go off to Honduras to build a road, seeing you go to Italy and England, helping you move into your first apartment…
I see how your relationship with Shawn has deepened and strengthened, and how committed you are to each other. I worried about you being an only child, and who you’d have when your father and I are gone – now I know you’ll be fine.
When you started the “Cosplay thing”, as I called it then, I was skeptical and thought it was a phase that would pass. I see now how serious you are about it, and how very good you’ve become at it. I love going to ComicCon with you, here and in Ottawa, and dressing up when I do! I see how hard you work at it, and I see how much you help and cooperate with your friends on the costumes and props. I believe that someday if you keep it up, you’ll be well known for your work and hopefully well paid also. But for now, you’re doing the smart thing and keeping your job until you can build your craft to the point where you can work at it full time. That makes me proud as well.
I know you don’t always follow this blog, but I hope you read this because I mean it from my heart. And I know that if I try to tell you to your face you’ll get flustered and uncomfortable.
Just as flustered and uncomfortable as the photo gallery here will make you. Sorry.
Click on the images in the Gallery to see them full size.
Do you have someone in your life that you’d like to encourage? Who? Why?
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