Maria has advised me that I should cease my annual birthday tribute to the grandchildren when they reach the age of 10, lest my maudlin panegyric somehow embarrass them.

That said, Sarah has reached an age somewhat beyond that so maybe I should stop my tribute to her as well. Just not this year.

My responsibilities as nurturer, mentor and disciplinarian being long in the rearview mirror, all that remains to me as Sarah’s father is to have pride in her personal and spiritual development – as student, teacher, professional, wife, mother, faithful soul in search of sanctity. I continue to marvel at her boundless energy, love of friends and family and her dedication to Christ. She truly embodies that famous quote:

What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God.

My darling daughter, I hope you can find a little time in your busy schedule tomorrow to enjoy your birthday. Maybe the Guardian Angels can work it out so you can.




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