First, my appreciation to you for working these many years to succeed as you have in promotion from Middle School to High School this coming Fall. Thanks to your mom and dad for all the ways they have supported you and your brother over these years in order to encourage and help you succeed, You belong to an awesome family of which we are part of the elder generation. We enjoy encouraging and applauding you.
Shortly after a couple years in my grade school, the teachers told my parents that my vision was very poor and that they needed to seek medical care for me – which they did and thus began a lifetime of having to wear glasses. Those of us so afflicted, hated the restriction of having to wear them – they broke easily and cost about $50.00 a pair [a lot of money during those depression years] plus the high cost of having to take a train to the nearest city where you could get them. So, I was told – in no uncertain terms – that I was forbidden to play any risky sports which ended a lot of fun for me.
Fast forward to college years 25 years later [after my first US Army time] when I finally tried out to take up Track and do so as a Pole Vaulter. With the coaching of my roommate who was a fine pole vaulter, I was able to participate as a school athlete for the first time in my life. I loved the exercise and training and practice which meant long hard hours including weekends, evenings, and vacation time. My friend [AND COACH], Harry and I traveled all over Maryland and nearby states to enter track meets. You can thus imagine how much I enjoyed being a school athlete and I was very proud of it – even though my wins were very few and far between. I won a treasured 3rd place in one NCAA meet as a senior. When I graduated, I got a college letter from Mt St Marys and it has always had a place in our homes.
Now it is time to pass on something I care about to you, a grandson, whom I care about [as I certainly do about all the grandchildren, we have been given]. So you have worked to use your talent and speed in Middle School by running very well for your school. I am proud of you and hope you will be able to compete in High School and College. If you do, you will have to work harder than most of your classmates to succeed. It is your choice but it has great rewards to those who can do so.
Proud to be your grandfather,