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To My Youngest Child On Her High School Graduation

This time, my youngest is graduating. And so, another letter. Shared with her permission of course. 

Krissy (aka Kristine, Kristini, Dini, Dini Duper, Duper, Kris, Kroz, Krispo),
Congratulations my girl. You are graduating from high school and about to embark on a whole new life adventure. I hope you don’t mind, but I am going to use this occasion as an opportunity to exercise my right as a father to impart some timely advice. Of course, if I reflect back on my eighteen year-old self, I can appreciate that these words may hold little interest for you now. But something tells me they might. And if they don’t, well, you could always reconsider your position months or years from now since I am writing them down anyway.  Worst case, even if nothing I say here is helpful, it is at the very least, heartfelt.  And besides, there are worse things than getting a letter from Dad on your graduation day.
I want you to know that for the past 18 years you have been a source of tremendous joy, not only…

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