An 18-year-old boy in Haiti, who thirty-six years later would pen a letter to his daughter tuning 18: “Nathalie, to be an adult means that first you are entering the world of big decision makers. You should be responsible. You are the one who will decide if you should study to be a professional and perform adequately and respectfully. You will decide whether or not you will contribute to the stability and evolution of society. You will decide to help or not help your brother, your sisters, your father, your mother, your family when they are in need. You will decide to have a respectable life or not . . . Daughter, keep in mind that life can either be easy or difficult. Most of the time it is up to every one of us and our level of wisdom. Your encyclopedia (Mom and Dad) will always want to help you.”
Though I have Google now (I use to love my encyclopedia), I turn to this man for grace and guidance every day. I miss my father so much. But with each passing day, I gain a sense of understanding of what he and my mother have laid out for us and the responsibility and honor that comes with it. Happy Father’s Day Mon Cher Père. MISS YOU. LOVE YOU.