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By guest writer, Samantha Halle

I was listening to the radio this morning. Dads were sharing moments during which they were so proud of their children, it brought tears to their eyes. My hand reached to change the station, but I was frozen – I wanted to hear more of the love in their voices. Looking through tears at the cars in front of me, I thought about all the moments in the past few months that would have brought tears to my own dad’s eyes; the moments that would have made him proud.  

In one month, I’ll graduate from high school – the countdown to the end. It’s as if a domino was tapped. One by one, things are starting to end. And, with each of my senior lasts, I’m one step closer to that surreal moment that’s played in my head for years and years: walking across that stage to graduate.  

It’s a moment that the Class of 2010 has looked forward to since September; one that we have longed for on countless occasions. Whether viewed as an escape from our high school walls, or the culmination of years of projects, tests, and quizzes, graduation is a celebration of success – a celebration in which you’re surrounded by your teachers, family, and friends. But as the days inch closer and closer to June 18th, a fact that I’ve known for seven and a half years has become increasingly more real: my dad won’t be there.

It’s something I’ve struggled with all year. For me, graduation is symbolic of all the things he has missed and will miss. It’s knowing that he won’t be there to watch me with his fill-the-room smile. That he won’t be here to take an entire memory card’s worth of pictures, and that the family pictures that are taken will feel incomplete. I won’t get a bear hug while hearing him tell me how fast I’ve grown up, and he can’t purposefully embarrass me just for laughs. Nor can he brag to his friends about my successes because he wasn’t here to experience them with me.  

But it’s even more than all of that. It’s realizing that he never knew me as a teenager, and will never know me as an adult. That he will have missed all of my “graduations,” from elementary, middle, and high school. It’s the fact that I’ve made decisions about my future and am moving on to create my own life. A life he will never know. 

Amidst all the excitement about graduating and moving on to new things is an underlying fear. As much as I’ve tried to embrace changes in my life, change still makes me uneasy. Despite all of the changes that have occurred since he died more than seven years ago, these changes feel harder. It scares me to know that I will no longer be surrounded by my family on a day-to-day basis, nor will I be in an environment I know. I’m worried that it will be easier for my memories of him to fade; I’m terrified I’ll begin to forget.

As the years since my Dad’s death have grown in number, fewer and fewer of my friends are people who actually knew my Dad, and it scares me to think that moving on to college, and on with my life, will only make this worse. This, in itself, is a thought that has brought me to tears on countless occasions.  

The majority of my current friends never knew him – to them, he’s just a myriad of bits and pieces of memories; stories that are tied to a sad part of my life. He’s more of a myth than a real person, and it hurts to know that a day will come when the majority of those who did know him will no longer be a part of my life.   

In 30 days I’ll graduate wearing the last necklace Dad bought me with a picture of the two of us taped on the inside of my cap. And although I’ll do small things like this to help stay connected, it won’t make up for the fact that he’s not here. At the end of the day, it still won’t be fair.

Yet, I know I’ve become the person I am because of my loss. And I know he would be proud.

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Supportive Jewish Quotes on Parenting That Feel Mostly True

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Here are Jewish quotes on parenting to inform and inspire our self-understanding and actions.

At every age, our feelings and thoughts about our parents shifts as we learn more about our parents as individuals and increase our own self-understanding. If we have our own children, how we see and feel about ourselves as parents evolves as we learn to care and love our children.

One thing is constant: there is a deep and unequivocal attachment between parents and children. May these quotes support and inspire you in your role parent and child.  

One final note: The quotes from classical Jewish texts sometimes refer specifically to a “son” or a “daughter”, and other times refer to “children”. In some cases, it may be helpful to apply the general idea of the quote to both sons and daughters and other times not. The point is that we strive to distil and learn from the varied texts of our tradition.  

In disputes between parents and children, the children always get the upper hand.

-Achad Ha’am

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. “

-Anne Frank

In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.

-Ann Landers

Little children are a headache and big ones a heartache.

-Chananya Reichman

And you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart and all of your strength and all your might. And these words which I command you today shall remain in your heart. And you shall teach them diligently to your children and speak of them when you are sitting in your home and when you are walking on your way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

-Deuteronomy 6:4-8

A mother understands what a child does not say.

-Jewish Proverb

No rain without thunders, no children without pangs.

-Ladino Proverb

Children aren’t stupid, and they feel valued when we treat them with respect.

-Mayim Bialik

The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you.

-Natalie Portman

What God is to the world, parents are to their children.

-Philo

Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not depart from it.

-Proverbs 22:6

Despise not your mother, when she is old!

-Proverbs (Mishie) 23:22

A daughter only tells her secrets to her mother.

-Rashi

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.

-Talmud

“Our Rabbis taught:

A father has the following obligations towards his son-

to circumcise him, to redeem him, if he is a firstborn, to teach him Torah, to find him a wife, and to teach him a craft or a trade.

And there are some who say that he must also teach him how to swim.”

-Talmud: Kiddushin 29a

Never promise something to a child and not give it to him, because in that way he learns to lie.

-Talmud, Sukkah

When you teach your daughter, you teach your daughter’s daughter.

-Adapted from the Talmud

Jewish wisdom holds that our children don’t belong to us. They are both a loan and a gift from God, and the gift has strings attached. Our job is to raise our children to leave us. The children’s job is to find their own path in life. If they stay carefully protected in the nest of the family, children will become weak and fearful or feel too comfortable to want to leave.

-Wendy Mogel

Your turn:  Which quotation means the most to you in this season of life?

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Graduation Messages From Parents

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Dear Ella,

Sweet baby girl, I can’t believe your Kindergarten year is over.  Everyone told me it would go quickly and of course they were right.  You survived a year of firsts; new friends, new school, new routine, and you did it all in stride.  Your Mom survived too, although I think you handled it better than me.

Remember the first day when we walked hand in hand into that big new school building?  I was so nervous for you and I think you were a little scared, although you did a good job hiding those jitters.  I didn’t.  My tears hit the moment I let go of your hand.  I have a feeling that will happen a lot through the years. 

I’m sure I will cry at each new milestone you reach.  You’ll just have to roll your eyes at me because I can’t help myself.  The tears flow because I’m so proud of the young lady you’ve become.  You’re so smart and incredibly kind to your peers.  You’re a little boy crazy, too – which might make your daddy cry someday. 

I’m a little sad.  Not because you are growing up, that’s natural and wonderful and expected, but because the older you get the closer goodbye becomes.  Someday you’ll leave to make your own dreams and discover your own adventures.  And I want that for you.  But secretly, I’m already crushed at the reality that will be.  You see baby girl, you (your sister, too) are the answer to my dreams.  What a gift you’ve given me by just being you.

I know this summer you’ll spend hours playing with your friends at the pool and in the yard and each hour of independence will make your mom seems less cool.  And that’s OK.  But I really hope we have at least a couple more school years like this one. 

I loved walking hand in hand with you to your class each day and the smile I received each afternoon at pick-up will forever be etched in my heart.  I know how lucky I have been to get to see you off and pick you up each and every school day.  Not many mamas are given that gift, Ella.  It’s one I cherish. 

I loved having school lunch with you.  You were so proud to have your mama sit next to you and lovingly introduced me to your friends.  I wonder how long you’ll let that be.  Can we never let it end?

I loved the school projects and the stars and smiley faces you received on each paper.  You’ve learned so much in just a year!  My hearts swells with pride when I hear you read your next chapter book or try so hard to write sentences without asking for help.  Gosh you’re a smart 6-year-old!  I’ve known it all along. 

Ella my darling, you will always be wonderful, you will always be brave, you will always be beautiful, you will always be intelligent, you will always be strong, you will always be kind, you will always be perfect in my eyes.  I’m proud of you, now and forever and I’m so excited to watch you grow.

Love always and forever,

Mom 

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Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.

We are so proud of you. The things you have accomplished are remarkable. From school to sports, you have excelled. I know once you set your sights on a goal.

55 Graduation Quotes

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For you, my incredibly amazing, magnificent and beautiful daughter on her graduation from High School, I give this ‘Letter to My Daughter on Her Graduation.’ It was hard to write this then, and still hard to read today. Several years have passed since I first wrote this to you, and as I read it again, I’m struck by how true it still is! It will still be valid in another couple of years, and even more beyond that. You continue to amaze me daily and I’m struck so often by how you “have it!”

Hi. This is your father. Many things below I’ve said to you in person. But I believe important things are best backed up with the written word. Most of this letter is a bunch of stuff you may, or may not, decide is useful. I know when I was graduating high school I didn’t give my father’s advice much thought. But I promise you, if he had written it down for me, I guarantee I would find it valuable today. Hopefully you’ll find a few nuggets buried in this letter to my daughter now and later.

You’ll excuse me for overstepping my boundaries if you feel I have in writing it down. Since I can’t buy you a car for graduation or fly you around the world as a present when you turn 18 soon (both things I’d love to do, but alas, it ain’t gonna happen), what I can do is this. I can write a letter to my daughter. Sure, I can write you a letter any time, but I’ve decided to pour out what I consider to be the real morsels of truth in life. I’ve found these over the years, with most coming from pain and wrong choices. You’ll make those too, but maybe this letter will help you avoid the ones I made so you can go make your own, less painful ones.

To My Daughter

So… here’s the most important stuff (read this next paragraph if nothing else, please):

In all the time you have been on this planet, I have loved you more than words will ever express. You are my daughter, and I am amazed by you. Always and forever. I wish I had more to offer you than simply my pride and love, though I hope they will suffice in this moment. I’m truly in awe at what a smart, sweet, kind, caring and optimistic young woman you have become. You are quite simply the best thing that ever happened to me, and I’m really glad you’re here. I love you. Looking good, kiddo!

Now, on to the graduation address…

That I am sitting here writing to you on the eve of your high school graduation and a month before your official status as a young adult has me simply flabbergasted. I could not possibly have prepared for this day, and yet here it is. What I find more odd is how vivid my memories are of my own graduation and then later your birth. I can still see you as you were before school began for you, when the world is full of wonder. And now you are about to set out on the next chapter. I can’t describe the joy and sadness that swirl in my emotions.

You are a young lady now, hardly the small child of my memories. I haven’t the foggiest notion of how to really talk to you, though it is absolutely my honor, privilege and duty to keep trying, for as long as I live.

Truth told, I’ve never considered myself a very good father, and in many ways I’ve been simply lousy. I’m sorry is about all I can really offer. The older you get, the older I get, the more likely the struggles of my adult life will become things you know more about, and in so doing, will likely shift some of the distance between us, though it will never excuse the places where I failed you. For this, all I can do is say I’m sorry and ask for your forgiveness.

Of course, there are also many little things that I have had a part of along the way that have certainly helped shape the fine young woman you are today. I’d like to think that some of the adventures, people and places I have shown you had an impact, and that my family has had some positive growth for you as well.

Your mother and I made a deal a long, long time ago that no matter what happened, we would always do our best to teach you about the world as best we could without disparaging the other. I think it served you well. I hope it did. It wasn’t easy, for either of us.

Somehow, I missed the part where you stopped being a little girl and started becoming a young adult, and it definitely happened along the way. The young woman I see before me is really an amazing person, and I want to do everything in my power to help ensure she stays that way.

So, I’ve been watching you for awhile now, and I’d like to offer some insight into the world you are about to enter. There are things your father still knows that you do not. There are some pieces of advice you’re unlikely to hear from anyone else, and some of them may piss you off a bit, but if I don’t tell you, no one else will, and forewarned is forearmed.

Know that first and foremost, what I want for you is a joyous and happy life filled with love, friendships, adventures, learning and growing. I also know that there are going to be tough days. I hope you’ll count on me as a voice of reason and wisdom as you grow into adulthood.

Know also that no matter what anyone ever says, you are perfect just exactly as you are. You’re never going to be too short, too fat, too dark, too weak, too dumb, or anything else that people may come along and tell you that you are. Surround yourself with people who remind you of how awesome you are, and avoid the ones that don’t. The only person you need permission from, from now on, is you.

I hesitate to say this part, and I think it is necessary. The world is sometimes cruel and evil people really are out there. You have been incredibly blessed so far that perhaps the worst hardship you have endured is your father’s lack of presence. I’m not aware that you have broken any bones, required surgery or had any close friends die on you or really fuck their lives up horribly while you had to watch. While I truly don’t know what personal struggles you have overcome (though I do know that you have a perseverance about you that is admirable, and that simply learning itself has been a life long challenge for you, and may well continue to be), what I do know is that you really have lived a fairly sheltered life compared to what many children in this world endure. There are a great many “bad” places on this planet, and I hope you’ll steer well away from them, or enter only safely with a good guide. I mean this as much about real, physical places and people as I do about bad decisions and poor judgment, your father being somewhat of an expert on bad decisions and poor judgment.

Your conservative father is deeply concerned that you may not give enough credence to the idea that capable as you are, you are also diminutive, attractive and generally optimistic. While these are cherished things, they are also traits a bad person will try to capitalize on. I don’t want you to be afraid of the world in any sense, and I do want you to be prepared.

My second really important point I want to get through to you is this: There is a huge, amazing world out there, too. Go see it.

You aren’t in a hurry, of course, and I don’t want to see you wasting a minute of your life longer than you have to here. There is an entire planet out there, and you should strive to see as much of it as you can. My largest regret in life is that I didn’t take advantage of the opportunities presented to me to travel in my youth. I got scared and stayed put. Don’t let your fear of the unknown keep you from travelling abroad or moving out of state for college.

This point you seem to grasp really well, but I want to say it anyway: Do what makes you happy! Find your passions and do them! They are absolutely the most important real life work you have to do. When you are passionate, you energize others. When you are working with purpose, you show the way. Trust the little voice in your head when it tells you that you should make art, or plant a garden or help someone. It’s a good voice. Too many ignore it, and after some time, they lose it. I can’t imagine how different and wonderful the world might be if more people listened to that good side just every now and then. Be unique and be that one that does!

Lastly for now, (since I expect to write you again at 21 and offer you a few more pieces of wisdom that you would currently call “lecturing”), I want to remind you again of something that is becoming more and more relevant as you mature.

You are a creative person. Unquestionably. So is your dad.

So, please, help me help you.

I don’t know enough about your inside life to really know what to offer, though I am quite certain that I have some answers for you, and I don’t want to pretend I know which ones are relevant. I just hope you’ll still consider asking me when you feel you have a tough one. This old man might know some things. My life hasn’t been easy. I haven’t followed the cookie-cutter path. I’m certainly not perfect. That’s where I can help. If there is one guarantee in this life it is that you will make mistakes and you will fail at something, and actually several things. I know I have. Dealing with it is extremely tough. I can speak to you as one that’s fought through many tough times, and continues to do so. Don’t seek advice from those that just don’t know.

My dearest daughter, all I really want you to know is that you are loved and supported by many.

I am so proud of you.

With Much Love,
Dad

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