Dear Grandpa Gary,

Happy 70th birthday!! Words can’t describe how much I love you. You have been and will always be my role model. I’ve felt that we have a special connection, unlike anyone else. Our long talks in Oregon mean so much to me and the content of our conversations are so special. I feel like you and I have this unique understanding about the world. I really enjoy helping you edit your papers and it has made me realize how much of a passion I have for writing and spiritual partnership. My life is so different compared to other teenagers and I love it. I feel so alive and full of love. Although choosing to challenge your frightened parts can be so difficult and often times scary, it brings the greatest joy of all. You’ve helped me love myself and I’ve realized that pleasing others, getting angry, or feeling jealous are just frightened parts of my personality. All the talks that we have had, and late night card games have filled my childhood with so many loving memories that will remain with me for the rest of my life. I look at people without judgement and see things completely different from how I used to look at life. I’m so interested in everything you say and admire how smart you are. I have always thought you were one of the most amazing individuals I’ve ever known and the best grandpa 🙂 Your jokes make me laugh so hard and Cady and I always talk about how “rad” you are. You give the best hugs and are so tender and loving. You have inspired me to write about the things that really matter in life, to follow my dreams, and to never let opportunities pass by. Every hardship is an opportunity to grow, and with you’re guidance and spiritual partnership, I will continue to choose love rather than fear. I love coming into your bed in the morning and cuddling with you and Grandma. Even the little things like ringing the harmony bell and smiling at you while you are doing work in your office, cause joy to fill up my heart.

I love you so much Grandpa Gary and someday I want to have the pleasure of writing a book with you. Have an amazing day 🙂

Love,
Syd