Sadly, at this moment in your life, you don’t have very much time for them. It’s unfortunate because they have autism, and difficulty with social relationships. They are growing into young men who could really use a mentor. Since your father was such a good one to you, I always thought you would be to them. Maybe, someday you will.
On your 26th birthday, you are not at home, though we probably wouldn’t see you anyway. Instead you are off serving your country in the Army National Guard. I pray that you are safe and well. I pray that when you come home, you will once again remember this lady who sacrificed to raise you to be a great man, like your father.
I hope to live to see the day, when you not only live up to the man that your father is, but that you actually surpass him in success. By success, I don’t mean the riches of the world or material things. I mean becoming a man who is honorable, who lives to help others, who loves his future family, takes care of himself and even better care of them. I can’t wait to see you become someone who your younger brothers can aspire to be.
I’m waiting…I haven’t given up.