of All Generations
1934 - 1996
of Five, Grandfather of One, Teacher.
life is not
Up till now, you are
what we made you. After all, you didn't, and couldn't choose your
family, your faith, your nationality, your economic condition, your initial
education. All these conditions and values were, "imposed" on you
by us - like it or not. So start your generation from there. You
cannot do otherwise. If you try to start elsewhere, it will only
be a false start. But, start by challenging these very things
given to you. Challenge them fully, challenge them honestly.
Reject what you cannot accept. Do all this, though, as you would
to a wounded father, always with pious respect and due gratitude.
For you too, will make errors, you too, will be wounded. You are
not the only victims. We were too. Now that you have
started, what can you contribute that will be new? Only you will
know, we cannot tell you. Correspondingly, in your hearts, you must
bear the burden of any failures. Be not afraid though. Later
generations, if they are wise and fair, will be less concerned with your
wealth and apparent successes. They will judge you on how prudently
you accepted your previous legacy, and then on your courage to contribute
something new of real value for later legacies. If later legacies
be blind to your contributions, and treat you unfairly, you might not receive
your true merit. Fear not, the Maker of all generations surely will
in writing an essay
Alyssa at First Holy Communion
May 5, 2001
Dad & Mom and me.
Mom & Grandma and me.