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My only nephew is graduating tomorrow

My only nephew is graduating tomorrow…

 

What a milestone!  Giovanni will be graduating from his high school tomorrow morning.  I will be there to witness it with my Sister, Mom, Dad & Alfredo.  I already know that Herbert (Giovanni’s Father) will be there secretly watching his only son walk across the stage and pick up that piece of paper that will open up the doors to his next chapter in his life. 

Tomorrow when Giovanni marches across the stage – it will be a triumphant walk for my sister who has supported him and made so many sacrifices to make sure that he had everything in life to get him here to this day. It will also be a Triumphant walk for Giovanni’s father Herbert who unexpectedly passed away in 2008.  
 
I just want to say this to My nephew Giovanni- 
 
I can't believe that tomorrow we will all  be standing there watching you walk across a stage to be handed your high school diploma. Time has flown by and it  seems like only yesterday  you were playing with my toys!!  It doesn’t matter how old you get JUST KNOW THAT  I will always see you as Little Giovanni 
 

 

 
 
I am really proud of you and very exited to see who you will become as an adult, just know that we all needed a little help and guidance to get  us where we are today.. My point is that even if we seem old  to you now, we were young once. We had lives back then as well...rather melodramatic lives, actually, good for a few stories when you ask. We've had struggles and heartaches. We've lived through more than you'll ever know, and we've learned a lot of lessons from the mistakes we've made.
 
That's what this letter is for Giovanni: to tell you of the precious lessons I've learned in life before I forget, and believe me, once you have a job , full time hobby and bills trust me you will forget allot of things! Lol 
 
Lesson #1: Never underestimate yourself. Always keep your full potential in view and act on it. You know the old cliche: "you can do anything you set your mind to"? It's very true. Don't forget who you are or who you want to be. Don’t be LAZY!! Things will never just fall in your hand.
 
Lesson #2: Surround yourself with people who won't let you forget who you are or who you want to be. Don't be alone. Let your friends and family be your safety net. Be their safety net in return.
 
Lesson #3: Be open-minded. Be nonjudgmental. People often believe what they hold to be true, to be true for everybody, but what you believe now may not necessarily be what you believe in the future. We may all differ in opinions, culture, skin color, or abilities, but there is one thing we have in common: humanity. Never think  yourself better than another because you will only be setting up yourself for a failer.
 
Lesson #4: Never betray yourself. Know what your own values and morals are and hold to them. Respect yourself and your actions. Expect others to treat you with respect, just as you would treat them with respect.
 
Lesson #5: Open your eyes to the world around you. Don't be so focused on yourself that you are blind to everything else. See a person in need, and assist that person. Listen to politics, and choose a side. Notice a sunset. And Giovanni this is important: don't step on an ant just because it's there. Life, at any level, is an amazing thing, so enjoy it and live every moment to the fullest because you never know when it could be your last and NEVER put something off for later when you can do it now. If you keep putting things off for later YOUR WHOLE LIFE WILL PASS YOU BY.
 
Now I hope you don’t see this as nagging, but just some friendly advice  from someone that has lived and experience what you also will be experiencing  as you grow up- we all have gone through this ME, YOUR MOM , Your Dad, Grandma , Grandpa  &  Alfredo and the other 5 billion people in this world . We have all started from the same place where you are at now and we have all gotten  to where we are today in our own different ways , but know that we all work for the same goal in life  and that’s  to live happy and  live well!!
 
Congratulations  Giovanni – I am proud of you 
 
Love,
Your Uncle 

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