Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I am always telling you how much I love to learn and that it is important to always have that desire to learn something new. It is not just things that you read in books either! Practical skills like tying a shoelace or braiding your daughter's hair also come in handy and makes life much easier. I cherish every morning with you. It makes my day to start my morning routine with you.
I will always remember these mornings where our conversations run from what you have to do in your day to what Venus' atmosphere is like. All the while you eat breakfast and Papi braids your hair... I hope that when you are older that you are able to look back at these years as fondly as I will.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Thursday, December 1, 2016
I categorize the unimportant things as petty things. Do not waste time on petty things as they will sap you of energy, opportunity, and happiness. Focus on what is important... What is important you might be asking as you read this.
You decide what is important. No one else can decide for you. That is not to say that many won't be telling you, advising you, preaching to you what you ought to consider important. Listen to them, think about it, then decide for yourself.
Friday, November 11, 2016
My baby ran out of the door at the sight of the golden and auburn hues of the sky as the sun set. As she did so she bellowed "I gotta see the sunset, it's beautiful!". As a father who wants nothing more than his daughter being able to appreciate all of the wonders that life has to offer where happiness does not require to be gift-wrapped I was over the moon with joy.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
That you are special. Not because anyone says so, no, simply because you know yourself to be. I can tell you a million and one things with little effect. Some you will believe, some you will not. Many things you will find interesting, others quite the opposite. There will be things that you miss, others that you will latch onto. If there is one thing that I tell you that I would love, above all else, to believe and hold onto it is this...
You, Jamilah, are special. You are smart, caring, curious, passionate, funny, artistic, and to me a source of joy.
Once you accept and believe that about yourself there will be no stopping you. There will not be a mountain that is too high for you to climb or a problem to difficult for you to overcome. The strength and potential within you will bubble up to the surface and lead you to great things once you do. It will open a new world that you never thought possible. How do I know? It happened to me once I decided that I would believe myself to be special. Heed the words of your father...
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Children are unlike adults. Whereas adults have settled into a "sameness" of character, thought, behavior, and of being children do not. Children are in flux. The child that went to school this morning will not be the child that will return. New information and experiences are constantly molding and shaping them. It is important to remember that. As every mini crisis your child faces can have long lasting consequences in how you help them address it. Show patience, understanding, and most of all love. Hold their hands. Show them the way.
That is what I realized this week. While over the few years I have been the same "Papi" you knew from day one you have not been the same child. A different child every day, my daughter nonetheless. Today I do not understand why you do the little things that you do which yesterday were not of interest. Tomorrow your favorite foods will change. Yesterday was challenging in your reactions to seemingly trivial home life occurrences. Hard to remember those days for me. Yet I must for your sake. As your development takes you in all sorts of directions I want to be an anchor, a rock of support that you can always return to.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
This is the one thought that comes to mind whenever I am around you. My day could be the worst I have ever had and a smile from you and I am all better. You have an incredible knack for making my life better. I think I do the same for you. It is incredible that at your age you have already figured out that love is everything you need... everything else is just gravy.