Dear Son

Since you’re starting school this September for the very first time, I wanted to let you know how excited I am for you and how proud you make me feel.

This is a new adventure, a new world of wonder for you to discover, and many new people to surround you and shape who you will become. This is not only a place where you will learn how to read and write, but also a place where you will learn how equal and different you are from other kids.

I have many hopes, dreams and wishes for you. I hope you will be inspired by your teachers and develop a passion for learning. I hope you will discover a love for literature and get lost in countless books. I hope you will develop an analytical mind and see how numbers surround you every day. I hope you will learn and appreciate the beauty of our planet through the arts and sciences. I hope you will adapt to ever-changing technology and use it as your eyes and voice to the world.

I wish that your hardships don’t break you but make you stronger. I wish for you to face adversity and gain wisdom from your experiences. I wish for you to discover your fears and face them with courage. I wish for you to make mistakes – big ones – so that you may learn how not to repeat them.

I dream that you will make bonds and discover the true meaning of friendship. I dream that you will always respect others and have empathy for those in need. I dream that you will show kindness, compassion and honesty in your everyday actions. I dream you will lead by example or follow those who are good and true.

Yes, I have high hopes and dreams for you – that’s my job as your dad. But no matter where your path takes you, what I want most from you is your best effort and for you to be a happy kid. As you dive into this new and bewildering chapter of your life, I want you to know that I will always be there for you, cheering from the sidelines. I will listen to you, respect your choices, and share whatever wisdom I have gained so far. I will celebrate your successes with you and share the burden of your mistakes.

When the time comes, I will do by best to let you go – but I can’t promise it will be easy for me.

Love always,
Your dad

Frank Emanuele is a proud father of two boys, a special education teacher, and a director of Dad Club London.


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