My dearest M,
Can Mom just tell you how proud DAD and I are, of what you have accomplished this year? Three writing awards, your first published article , a seat in the school paper and a spot in the varsity swimming team. You also won an individual award in the eliminations round from the Metrobank–Dep-ED Math Trainer’s Association of the Philippines (MTAP), and a medal in the group area finals in MTAP . Subsequently, you powered your team to the regional finals, topped the final exams of the Math Trainers’ Guild 12 –week program and qualified in the national eliminations of MTG, making you eligible again to compete as part of the Philippine delegation in international math competitions.
To top it all, in today’s awarding ceremonies, you brought home an Academic Excellence Award , a Student Award and a Math Excellence Award. As you were called on stage to receive the last medal, your teacher announced all your achievements in the field of Math. The audience composed of your classmates and their parents gave you a round of resounding applause complete with shouts and cheers.
I fought back tears as I saw you in the middle of that stage. Your DAD was beaming with pride and your sister kept on shouting “Kuya is the winner! Kuya is the winner! … You have come so far, Anak. When we asked you what you wanted for your prize, you just shook your head, smiled and said “Nothing Mom.” How lucky we are to have you for a son .
There are times when I feel we may be pushing you too hard. I fear that when you grow up you’ll say you didn’t enjoy your childhood because Mom was too demanding and Dad expected too much. So this year, we let you set your own course and find your own way in the world. Thank you for making good use of your independence. You have amazed us with your determination and passion to excel. Although there is still much to improve on, Dad and I are very hopeful and confident that you will pass the tests ahead.
M, you continue to shine despite the odds. I love you, my imperfectly perfect boy. Do not waste your talents and do not be afraid to be different. God intended for you to be so. Bend your knees and offer your success, your doubts and failures, your hopes and dreams to the ONE who has made everything possible . Know that Mommy will always be your number one cheerleader . I will carry you in my heart in this lifetime until the next.