Dear Kevin D. (aka “Lil Man) Thomas:
You are a child who is blessed with a mother and father that love you. When I held you in my arms the day you were born, it brought back memories of when I held your father in my arms. Like your father before you, I knew you were a fighter with a strong spirit. Even now, almost 7 months later, I can see the love in your eyes just as I saw it in his. When you reach for your mother, in your eyes, you are reaching for your guardian angel.
I may not show my emotions much, but they are there. I would lay down my life for you, your mother, your brother and sisters, your father and/or your uncles on any day of the week. That is how much I love you all. One day you will know what I mean by that but for now I log that here. Maybe one day, when you are old enough to read it, then you will understand that our blood runs deeper than the muddy waters of the Mississippi River and our ancestry is important–all sides of it so embrace it and learn about it.
While I am here, I will show you what I can, but the rest will be up to you one day. May you walk in beauty. May the road rise up to meet you and the wind be at your back as well. Above all, These are blessings from 2 parts of your ancestry–the Irish and the Native American. You must also learn of all of your ancestors for there are valuable things you can carry through life with you. I do know that a wise person will always find his or her way (from a Tanzanian proverb) and that is my hope for you–to find a way–YOUR way in life.
Know who you are and where you come from. That is something nobody can ever take away from you. Above all, when you are older, live your life and go for your dreams. That is my hope for you.
PS: Sleep well, Lil Man…