Dear Leah and Emily,
I know you won’t be ecstatic when you wake up and remember that I am at school again today. You are not thrilled that I won’t see your every move on the soccer field nor will I march by your side as you participate in the St. Patrick’s Day parade today. Daddy is on duty. I know you have become accustomed to making sacrifices, but are still overcome with disappointment when I can’t physically be there for you. I feel sad about that too. I regret not being able to be there for you, but I won’t apologize because I also want to you learn from it, from me. I want you to become strong, independent women who are well-educated. I don’t want you to give up until you realize your dreams. I want you to pursue the important things in life. I want your wings to grow larger than mine so you can fly higher. I want you to love life. I want to be most proud of you for the kindness and compassion you display, for your genuine, caring nature. I want you to have an open mind – accept and reflect upon other’s viewpoints and experiences. I want you to be the best YOU that you can be! So, please learn from me. Recognize that I am trying to improve myself and obtain more education so I can be a be a better, stronger role model and support for you. Recognize that you are amazing girls and I know you will achieve much more than I can even imagine. And, please understand my absence is just as much for you as it is for me. I love you and thoroughly enjoy watching you grow and become beautiful, hard-working, educated, gentle, and thoughtful girls and women!