To my one and only father, whom I love and cherish everyday of my life: It shows how much you care, but you must know that I am doing great. This is because all of the love, caring, and support you and mommy have shown me. It has helped me pull through so much and Iím sure it will in the future. I look at other people and see how lucky I am to have such great parents and I know for sure that the boys feel the same. I know youíve been through a lot and Iíve put you through more but you still keep on.
I canít possibly imagine how horrible it is for you and mommy to be away from so much of your family, but I know itís hard. Itís also hard not to see your nationality, culture, origin passing on into your children and itís not all your fault for not teaching us. Itís all 50/50, give and take. It is 50% the responsibility of the teacher as well as the student. I know I myself havenít been making much of an effort to learn my customs and such, but I probably wonít realize how important they are until itís too late. Also, Iím ashamed that I havenít even mentioned our family back in Vietnam. Perhaps itís because they seem like a fairy tale to me, I canít say, but I do know I havenít been doing what I could to help. I too wish I could see my grandmother before she passes, but it Ďs hard and, hopefully not to sound pessimistic, we donít have much time. I know I donít communicate my feelings well, Iím sorry, that is the way I am, but I do have to say I love you all and Iím very grateful to have such a wonderful and loving family.
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