Saturday, June 24, 2006
Reed, 16 years ago today you entered this world, enriching our lives beyond measure. The years have flown by, and my heart aches that we will never again play soccer in the basement, shoot baskets in the driveway, or hit baseballs in the park. But the void is filled with a different kind of joy, as I watch you develop into a remarkable young man. Although I am bursting with pride at your many academic and athletic accomplishments, I am prouder still of simply who you are and the person you are becoming.
I have made more than my share of mistakes through these 16 years and in many ways have not been as good a father as you deserved. But I want you to know that I love you and will be cherishing every day of these next three years before you leave our home to make your way in the world. I am especially looking forward to your arrival in San Diego today and to spending the next three weeks with you enjoying life in Southern California, until your mother and sister join us for the final two weeks before we all return to Cincinnati.
You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.