On the radio last night I heard part of President Obama's Father's Day message. I was pleasantly surprised (OK absolutely thrilled) that much of what he said reminded me of what I wrote for my sons' blessing ceremonies. Instead of a traditional "Christening" ceremony we had a non-demoninational blessing ceremony. When the boys are older, and if they choose, they can make their own decisions about faith and religion. Regardless of what they choose I hope these words always guide them.
Being your mother is the most important thing I will ever do. A wise woman once said that being a mother means that for the rest of your life your heart will live outside of your own body. I didn't really know what that meant until you were born. Now I realize how incredibly beautiful and fragile everything is. I never knew my house had so many sharp edges and I never knew how slippery a baby can be when you lift him out of the bath tub!
My dreams for you are very simple. I have no expectations of where you will live, who you will choose to spend your life with, or how you will make your living. My only wish is that you become the kind of person who walks through his life with an open mind and an open heart. Be the one with whom anyone can find solace. Be the one to bring laughter where there is sadness, hope where there is fear and perspective when life seems overwhelming. May you be proud to look back on your life.
I do want you to be an excellent student of history, especially your own. You are the grand sum of the love, hard work and sacrifice of many generations from many different parts of this world. Your ancestors crossed oceans, including your grandfather, with very little and built wonderful lives. Now you are standing on their shoulders. I will do everything I can to make sure you are looking out toward a very happy and fulfilling life.
We have all learned from our Super Heroes: "To whom much is given, much will be expected." Julian, much will be expected of you.
We expect you to always be kind. Always be generous with what you have - no matter how little. Alway be willing to share your treasure, your time and your talent. We expect you to be brave - never be afraid to be the lone voice that speaks up for what is right and what is fair. Always be one of the good guys.
You have been born into an extraordinary place during an extraordinary time and we hope you don't settle for being a passenger on this journey. The world needs all the help it can get...so be ready. Remember, anyone can do well but too few manage to also do some good along the way.
Today is your blessing but we are the ones that are blessed. Thank you for being our son.
I always new President Obama and I were on the same page.