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Open Letter To My Son–Part 2

26 Apr

Dear Pat,

Remember when I took you across Bucharest, on a beautiful September morning, for your first day of school? The bouquets of flowers, the loud kids and their parents, the gray and white building called Liceul Aurel Vlahuta that was your home for 1st and 2nd grade? Remember the wooden bench and the black board, Frau and the twins who became your best friends?

Remember when we moved to the States and the second day after our arrival, Grandma and Aunt Cathy took us to Manitas Elementary School to enroll you in 3rd grade, barely speaking any English? Remember how brave you were every morning, backpack slanted on your shoulder and off you went? Miss Hebert, who could’ve won Teacher of The Year Award, and Miss Calleros who we both hated for a whole year in 5th grade?

Remember when you started middle school at Pueblo, and how much you struggled with math, but thanks to Mrs. Segerson you actually started to like it? Remember the bullies and how we talked every night about how to handle them? Remember how you had a crush on girls I won’t name here, but how we laughed reading Calvin and Hobbes?

Remember starting high school at Corona del Sol, your first day afraid seniors will play pranks on you as they did with all freshmen? Remember the friends you made and the people you avoided? Remember the cafeteria and the disgusting pizza you ate? Remember your first car and your first kiss and your first heartbreak? Remember Miss Glick and her daring to-read-list?

Remember your first day at Arizona State University, our coffee run that morning before first class in W. P Carey International School of Business? Remember my pestering you to stay on top of your homework, asking endless questions and checking your grades? Remember our lunches?

Remember when I told you it will get better, nothing lasts forever and you will get there? Well, dear Patty Cakes, you are there. You are at the end of your student life and about to start your career.

Make the best out of it and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from success. May this new chapter be what you want it to be, nothing more, nothing less!



It Always Works Out …

12 Nov

This. Is. It. Finished. The End. Done with the last chapter in my second novel, a contemporary war romance titled “A World Apart”. Can’t describe what an emotional journey it was!

I feel drained, with nothing else to give, nothing else to add, but incredibly happy and at peace … I already miss my heroes, and can’t wait to see them for real, holding my book for the first time.

I’m not an American by birth, but by choice. It’s one of the best gifts the U.S. gave me, aside of an amazing family, career and endless opportunities. Yet I always felt I needed to give back to the nation that adopted me, to the people that fought, fight and will keep on fighting for our freedom, for our land.

When I began writing “A World Apart” I decided to dedicate my novel to all men and women in uniform, for their service and sacrifices so we, the ones left at home, have the freedom to raise our families and live in peace. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I didn’t plan this, but what better way to finish the novel than on 11/11/11, Veteran’s Day.

In the end, it always works out…