Letter to Daniel #4

by Chris on August 5, 2009

Dear Son,

This will only be my fourth letter and you’re already on day 18!! I’m sorry I haven’t done a better job of writing you. A day doesn’t go by where I tell Gayle I need to write you soon and so does she, and next thing you know it’s 4am in the morning and I’m out of brainpower to write. I’ve been working long, late hours Sunday night-Wednesday afternoon for a couple weeks now, and then I have to go home, catch up on other projects and sleep lol. Anyway, enough excuses, I’ve been up all night so sorry if this one comes off a bit groggy, but I’m not letting another day slip by without writing you so there!

It was SO good to hear your voice last weekend. You sound more confident, controlled, ADULT. I was so hoping this experience would help you grow through that awkward teenager stage and I think it’s working. 🙂  One lesson that military structure did a good job teaching me is that it’s better to GIVE respect than to RECEIVE it, even when you sometimes don’t think the person deserves your respect. Living that way helps you to stand taller, feel better about how you treat others, and ironically you get a lot more respect that way anyway! Mom is going to be BLOWN AWAY by your new found ability to respect her (and others), and the ability to get stuff done with a positive attitude powered by your own self confidence. The USAF completely changed me in this area, and it sounds like WYA may be giving you that same gift, which leads to good jobs and great relationships in your future.

Let’s see… what has happened that is interesting since I last wrote you. Pepper is doing fine, although he still has the occasional accident in the house, which is driving Mom nuts. You heard about Fifi passing away, and about Fibi (a little white version of Fifi) entering the home. She’s a sweet cat and acts very much like Fifi did, and did a lot to heal Gayle and the kids (especially Faith and Michael).

I’m LOVING the project I’m on at Microsoft, even though I now have to sleep in my van and live at Microsoft three days a week lol. Even with that, it’s probably the most interesting and exciting thing I have worked on since starting my career, and I’m enjoying it a ton. No doubt you would find it boring, but it’s VERY COOL new technology in the enterprise Datacenter operations world and I’m loving it lol.  Hmm what else… I’m getting fatter while you’re getting stronger… I need to do something about that starting NOW lol.  If I don’t write you daily I’ll at least try to get something sent out every other day. I look forward to hearing about how your first week in uniform and in school is like… I’m guessing it’s sort of like my USAF  “tech-school” experience but I’ll wait to hear from you before I’m sure. 🙂

Ok – Proverbs 5…This chapter has an excellent passage in it that I suspect you can relate to right now VERY WELL… First it says this: Proverbs 5:1-2, “My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.” Then it goes on to say this: Proverbs 5:11-14; At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!  I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly.” This is obviously talking to a young man (or woman), warning what will happen if one does not learn to love discipline and correction, and ultimately wisdom. This chapter also talks about the “adulteress”, which can mean either a woman other than your wife that leads you astray, or more generally anything you embrace that takes you away from choosing wisdom and self-discipline.

Well that’s it for today. I love you and am proud of you, and look forward to reading your next letter and receiving you next call.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: