Friends Come and Go, but Family is Forever

To my sis, my one and only sibling, do pay dad frequent visits. If we coordinate, there’ll never be a weekend when he’ll be alone in his apartment.

To my wife, remember we are fine, learn to relax and chill. Don’t worry and fuss over us. Take care of yourself. Stop rushing from one place to the next trying to cater to our needs.

To my son-in-law, your loss is great indeed, and nothing can make up for it. Moving forward, live a life your mum would be proud of, embedded with your mum’s best qualities, so that her efforts in bringing you up would not have been in vain.

To my daughter, be the best wife you can be, be the best thing to happen to your husband. Remember, “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in baskets of silver.” Remember also to be the best mother you can be and rekindle your relationship with the One who is in control of all.

To my grandson, you couldn’t have chosen to be born to nicer parents at a nicer time than this. Know that the intense love that envelops you is more powerful than anything you’ll ever know.

To my elder son, as you embark on your final year, it will be a life-changing journey. Enjoy the ride holding fast to whatever that is true, moral, right, decent, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about and doing what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.

Finally to my youngest child, I reserve my last words for you. This has been a year of change. It has turned out positive. I am reminded of the verse that says “the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” I see you as a person of high value, with unique and special gifts. I am glad you’ve made the decision to free yourself from the shackles of a miserable environment and embarked on a different path. It has been gratifying to see you enjoying your Russian language classes and to note that you have completed your Certificate in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and are now actively pursuing your University Diploma in Counseling. Not only that, you were appointed student representative to meet with a visiting University official. I have never lost faith in your potential for a meaningful and fulfilling future. Press on! Have fun. NS looms, but it’s a rite of passage we all go through. Enjoy life! These are your best years. Youth happens only once.

A very blessed Christmas, all.

Let’s all not take ourselves too seriously, learn to laugh at ourselves sometimes and for the sake of peace and harmony let’s all remember to be gracious and kind to one another, gracious and kind in deeds as well as in words. We tend to let rip with loved ones so it’s prudent to be more guarded and judicious with words that may hurt. Let’s all try to “engage brain before opening mouth” and resist the urge to hit out impulsively and publicly at the slightest hint of discomfort.

Friends come and go, but family is forever.

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