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Unexpected letter


GRATEFUL son has a graduation “treat” for his proud mom.

My youngest son, Kert, graduated from Malayan High School of Science last April 4. After the graduation rites, he gave me an envelope that I thought was just another bill to pay. —Later, I belatedly realized that it was a handwritten letter:

“Thank you so much for your love. I know how hard it is to be a single parent, but you continue to work hard for your children’s future. When I let you down, you always give me a chance to change for the better. Thank you for the lessons you taught me, and for allowing me to be myself.

“I pray for strength and a longer life for you so you can see me succeed in life and repay you for all your hard work. Someday, you’ll be proud of me. Your love is infinite. I love you, Mom!”

Now 6’1” tall, Kert turned 16 on Feb. 13. He’s a former ballroom-dance champion who triumphed with Anna Klausen, his partner, at the Johor Dance Competition in Malaysia. He will take up Music Production at De La Salle-CSB. His sister, Amanda, was among the Top 15 finalists in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant. My four kids are such a blessing!

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