(When Jordan was in 7th grade, he was given an assignment to write to a family member. He and Grandma exchanged letters over the next few months – these will be transcribed and marked as “Jordan and Lola Letters” for the blog. Here is the 3rd letter in the series.)
Hey! How are things going at home? This letter is about the challenges I face towards the future. Some of these challenges will definitely change my future.
Some of the personal challenges I faced when I was younger was when my mother pasted away. That horrific moment changed my life. I have never cried so hard in my life. My mom dying made me realize life is too short to live afraid or hold back. I am determined to well in life for my mom. I know there is no way to fix this challenge or bring my mom back, but to absolutely try my hardest and succeed in life I hope will make my mom proud.
What challenges did you face when you were my age? How did they change your perspective on life. Did these challenges change your future? What sacrifices did you make to fix these problems. After these challenges did you change as a person, if so, how?
Please try and respond as soon as possible. I am really glad we are getting to know each other. This is the first time we really got to talk. I can’t wait to see you, aunty Gloria, uncle Louie, Peyton, Kylee, Jason, and Rachel in Concord soon! I love you and miss you so much!
May 8, 2007
I’m very very glad of my life, God take care of me, so all my family take care of me. All of my family loves me, + I loves them very much. I too was so much in cried, when your Mom passed away. But let us bear in our life, Every humane will live life, but everybody has a call by God, so take it easy of your Mom passed away. Each people has a call, so your Mom get her call early.
Monday 7:00 a.m. – wake up 7:00 a.m. dress up go to B.A. Jen drive me to cash $200.00 – spend here in the house when Gloria are not home, they in the Philippines, back home 10:00 a.m. watch TV, eat bread, hot tea for breakfast – take morning medicine – 11:00 p.m. take a nap, up 12:00 p.m, 12:00 eat lunch with Gloria she left to work, I go back to Reed 12:3o p.m. up wash dishes, 11:00 p.m. take a nap, 12:00 p.m. up 1:00 p.m. I eat biko good. Peyton arrived with his girl friend. Gloria come home for dinner. I put medicine to plastic container 2 I watch TV Kylee, Peyton + his friend pick by Rachel going home, – continue –
6:00 p.m. I eat dinner, rice, spam, vege, water for drink I eat little bico for desert, watch TV 8:00 p.m. go to bed + sleep.
Concord home, wash face, brush teeth, clean mouth, make up, take morning medicine, 7:30 a.m. eat breakfast, toast 1 sweet pears, hot chocolate, Rachel borrow $5.00 to give to Peyton. I will not get back the money give to Peyton for his pocket money to school. go to living room, I’ll watch TV in my room. make check contributions to Tom Torlakson $50.00 give to Gloria to give it to Tom. 10:00 a.m. watch TV in my room. – continue Dec. 6, Wednesday – Prize is right. 10:00 a.m. in my room, tomorrow 8:00 a.m. Ill take bathe, shower, Gloria will on the warm water + put my seat in the shower. I’m trying to wear my Booths. Man brings the plants here from Mario, Judy, John (Jon) + Bradley for my birthday + Xmas gifts Thanks 5:00 p.m. take night medicine, 7:00 p.m. eat dinner, rice fried fish, fried eggplants, seven up to drink, change clothes, pajama, 7:30 p.m. go to bed + sleep
Wake up 6:30 a.m. Take a bath, dress up, roll my hair, cook champarado for breakfast I eat. Gloria + Jen for breakfast, hot chocolate, take pills, watch TV Gloria left to work, out chicken to cook adobo tonight for dinner 11: take a nap, exercise, up 2:00 eat 1 hopia watch TV wash dishes On dishwasher. I put dishes in places. 3:00 p.m. I cook rice + chicken adobo, all eat dinner at 6:00 p.m.
(continues Nov. 2, 2001 Jason, Jordan, Peyton are eat dinner here. Gloria, me, Jen John (Jon) eat the table of dinner. Wash dishes + put in dishwasher, watch TV Louie is late, Tom was here, he hug me working for cmoputer + Gloria, put dishes in places, 8:00 clean kitchen, go to bed + sleep.
Kathys big beautiful House (Concord) Antiock
Wake up 6:30 a.m. wash face, brush my teeth, eat donut, hot chocolate for breakfast, watch TV 12:00 we drive to Kathy’s house, daughter of Ernesto + Letty Castro for 1 year old Taylor 1st birthday, big party house at Antiock, with big pig kitchen + many different food, beside theres a man taking picture of me, people + (word) man doing unbelievable things he made like a living Dove white, Kathy’s sister, Maria is there too, Joven not there + family. Come back home Concord arrive 7:00 p.m. Me + Gloria sleep. Jeniffer went home. Louie will arrive tomorrow Monday. We celebrate Peyton’s 4th birthday party at walnut Creek big restaurant, guest came Don Dumpit, Mike + Jordan R. Ramil, Me, Gloria, Louie, Jeniffer, Jason, Rachel, Kylee, Peyton. Arrive home, 7:00 + sleep