To my loving daughter Jenny,
I can hardly find the words to express to you this amazing feeling of joy and profound sadness in my heart today. Yesterday, you were my little girl with a bundle of joy, smiling and filled of dreams. Today, you are an amazing, smart women who never ceased to dream big. Jenny, your dream paid off. Today is your day and you have achieve the highest level of education one could ever dreamed to obtain. "Your Doctorate Degree, Dr. Jennifer Adrien". My hat goes to you and as your Dad , I am very proud of your accomplishment.
Then, there is a feeling of sadness present in my heart because of certain circumstances that are beyond my control. When you told me a month ago, the day of your graduation, I had visualize myself taking a plane to Tampa to attend my daughter extraordinary accomplishment and head back to Miami for the evening event that I planned over a year ago. My disappointment was huge upon finding out the time of the graduation was at the same time than the event. My heart became heavy and the anxiety and sadness I felt broke my heart into pieces. I hope you will understand my predicament and believe that it was one of the hardest decision I had to undertake. Sometimes, life throws unexpected circumstances that are truly beyond one's control. Even though, I am not physically present but I am living with you every moment of this milestone and sharing your joy.
I could not refrain to mention to you the importance of family in a moment like this. Throughout your life, you have been blessed with the gift of your family on your mother's side as well as on your father's side. Your sister Pascale, your two uncles Roger and Lyonel who is also your godfather, your two aunts Babeth and Judith, your godmother/aunt Josiane and your great mother in-law Jessie who are all in Tampa with you today to support you have been such a crucial part of your life each in their own way. I can not thank them enough for all they did in the course of your childhood till now. I also want to thank Michele Sambour who came from Haiti to show you her support being a close friend of your Mom who is no longer with us on earth. Thank you to each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.
Jenny as you continue to embark in your journey, I want to remind you of these five factors of life that should be part of your daily life. Be humble, help others less fortunate than you, take time to give back to your community, support your peers in the workforce by teaching them how to grow and share your knowledge of your field with them, cherish the importance of your family who will always be your rock and finally be happy.
These are my words of wisdom as your Dad who is so proud of his daughter's milestone and love you dearly.