给儿子的毕业贺信 A Congratulatory Letter to Son

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儿子聪聪大学毕业了,他就读的圣母大学环境科学系要求父母寄到系里一张儿子小时的照片和一封贺信,是给他的惊喜!他拿到毕业证书后,才读到信,心也因此感动。信是这样写的。
May 11, 2014
亲爱的聪儿:
Dear Son,
Do you know why you were named “聪Cong”? It means smart and intelligent. It also sounds similar to another Chinese character 冲 (dash to). Your last name 徐 Xu means “slow in a gentle way”. So we hope you can take your time, enjoy your life, but also dash toward your life goals. You did it! And you made it!
We are so proud of you today. You have completed your undergraduate study and will explore the world further more in two months. You are always the best. It is because you have been working hard and have tried your best. We saw how hard you worked on your projects. We observed how passionate you are for your research projects and even teaching. You were born a scientist!
You were our only child and focus when we were in China. You lived in the dorm room with us for 6 years on the campus of Wuhan University. Although the living condition was not that go
od, you had fun time with other neighbor kids and grew up happy and healthy. Mom missed you so much when I was in the U.S studying abroad alone and leaving you and Dad behind. You were only 6 years old then. Do you know? Mom cried many times alone in the college dorm room in Cedar Falls, Iowa. We could not see or talk to each other quite often at that time and could only mail a letter to each other once a week. It was so expensive to even make a phone call 15 years ago. You told Dad to prepare documents tomorrow on the plane back to Wuhan after you sent Mom off in Shanghai because you wanted to come to the States to look for Mom.
There you came, after four months and only one semester first-grade study in China. You only knew some English letters then. That did not prevent you from making friends. You attended the ESL class for one year and turned out to be the one to deliver the class speech at Brimhall Elementary School commencement. The main reason for your popularity was because the influence of Chinese culture you brought with you to the school. You know it. Your favorite Chinese snack – 干脆面dry and crunchy noodle. You turned the American Ramen noodle into干脆面。 A lot of kids followed your taste.
You had to move with Parents from China to Iowa, from Iowa to Minnesota, and then from Minnesota to Indiana. Yes, it has been all in the Mid-West. At least you had crossed the ocean and became a little study abroad student – the first generation of immigrants like your parents. When we moved to the Twin Cities, you fell in love with the place and made more friends in the school and in CTC (married student residency community). Mom had to move alone again after 6 years when you were 14 because she found a job at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana. You attended high school at Roseville High School that year. You helped Dad raise 1.5 year-old Baby Brother Carl for almost one year. When Dad had night class, you fed Carl and even changed his diaper. Our neighbors were amazed by your maturity, patience, and gentleness. That was the hardest year for the family, but you could meet the challenge and did not complain at all.
You do not have much demand on materials or living standards. When Mom told you that your cousin living in China had a lot of expensive shoes, you replied casually, “I have only one pair of shoes, which is only $10 worth. I am fine with it. I do not need more shoes.” You only ask for new shoes when the old shoes were worn out. You know your parents were poor students at that time and you always try to help us out in your own way.
We remember that you were a little scared when you attended the Open House of Penn High School. You just moved here and did not have any friend yet. You had to sacrifice all your friendship in Minnesota for the family. Three years later, you graduated as the Valedictorian of the 2010 class. You delivered the graduation speech/valedictorian address again and even sang a song “Don’t Stop Believing” to encourage your peers, which became the legacy of the school. We were amazed by your singing because we never heard you singing at home. You did an excellent job!
We are glad that you got the chance to study abroad in Hong Kong for a year. It was the year when you had a good reflection on your identity. It was also the year when we first went back to China together as a family after 14 years. You helped make it happen.
You claimed in your winning study abroad essay that “The American Melting Pot can never be true without your 干脆面.” Actually, it does not matter whether you are Chinese or American, as you understand. It matters whether you have a global heart and whether you are open-minded. We hope you will continue your intercultural learning journey on your way to Europe for the graduate program. You should be proud of your diverse cultural background and your rich life experiences. We believe you can make more social changes no matter where you go. Yes, you can.
Thanks for watching the movie “Frozen” with the family today to celebrate Mother’s Day. Love can melt a frozen heart! As the song sings,
“The past is in the past
Let it go, let it go
And I'll rise like the break of dawn”
Congratulations on your academic achievements and being your program valedictorian again. You received one major in Environmental Science and one minor in Chinese. You also received the departmental award – Outstanding Environmental Scientist Award and have been selected and invited to membership in Phi Beta Kappa - the oldest academic honor society in the United States due to your excellent academic achievements. We cannot wait to hear your valedictorian address to your classmates. We believe you will do a good job again. Go, Charles! 聪聪,加油!
Love,
Dad and Mom
P.S. Enclosed are some of your childhood photos. Sorry that we did not talk too much about the past with you after you came to the U.S. Here you are. What valuable moments they were. You had been a cute boy and now a handsome young man! We and your little brother Carl will miss you when you leave us for your own world, but we will always love you no matter where you are!
给儿子的毕业贺信 A Congratulatory Letter to Son