My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
I sit here and wonder where you are, what you are doing, whether you are having a good or bad day. It’s hard. I wish it weren’t so. But, in life, we play the cards we are dealt. Control is only an illusion. As the saying goes, “Man plans. God laughs.”
Plan anyway. Plan for your future. Work hard to achieve it. Success is 95 percent sweat. You must work hard to prepare yourself and be ready whenever opportunities for success present themselves.
Focus on schooling and on getting into the best colleges you can. Better colleges create better first opportunities for you. In other words, you can still be successful if you do not attend a top-ranked college, but your road to success would be made more difficult. Others are more likely to invest in your future if the likes of Harvard, Stanford, Duke, etc., have already vetted you and found you desirable. Success breeds success, my sons.
Look at your cousins. Which ones have a brighter future? Those who studied hard and have achieved a good college education, or those without? Your cousins on your mother’s side are roofers, paintbrush makers, fast food workers, etc., while your cousins on my side are engineers, designers, executives, etc. Success rarely comes by accident.
Aim for success. Keep your eyes on that prize, and work towards it.
All my love, always,