BC: Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So ... get on your way! With Love, Abba, Emma, Addie, & Benny
FC: Our Belle | By Abba, Emma, Addie & Benny
1: To our dearest Michelle... Oh, the places you'll go!
2: Michelle.Mich.Musha.Michmoosha.Michy.Michelley.Poopskamootskies. | Michelle.Mich.Musha.Michmoosha.Michy.Michelley.Poopskamootskies | 22 May 1992
4: Nikalakado! | ABU | SI SE PUEDE! | Good night little girl, thank the lord you are well, and now go to bed said Ms. Clavel | ACTIVATE US
5: Welcome! Welcome to Ellis Island! | I don't know what to say ... I don't know what to say | and she huffed and she puffed and she said TA TA TA ... | FASHTUNK | The wives are coming! The wives are coming!
6: July 26, 2010 My dearest Mushu, As I contemplate the words of wisdom that I want to pass to you, the first thing that comes to my mind are the opening words of our beloved and never ending song "I don't know what to say, I don't know what to say.....” And it is not because I don't know what to say but because I never held myself from giving you advice and direction. Over the last 18 years I had the privilege, which very few parents have, to be part of your life (and your sister) and watch you grow from a new born into a beautiful, smart, intelligent and a decent human being. I attribute some of those qualities to the richness of my bed time stories. As you approach the next chapter of your life I know that I will miss your presence and our daily interactions but rest assured that I will be there for you in bad and good times as I have been and am there for Addie and Benny. This next chapter that is starting to unfold is an exciting one in which you will discover yourself, develop your passions and experience an intellectual, social and emotional growth. But don't be scared, I know that you are not certain which direction you want to take your education and life in general and this is ok, you will have enough time to figure it out.
7: The only thing that I ask from you is not to settle for less than what you really want. You can be anything that you want to be and you have the ability and the capabilities to achieve your dreams. However things will not always be as smooth as you want them to be and this is also ok some struggle is part of the excitement. It is ok to try different things and it is ok to fail here and there, it is better to try and fail than not to try at all. But whatever you decide to engage in, enjoy it and put all your heart into it, half measures don't work (be parsit). Don't be afraid to dare, be bold, be resilient and stand up for your rights. I know that you are a caring and sensitive human being but there is no need to apologize when you did no harm to anyone or when you stood for your right and interest. In the Hebrew scriptures there is a saying that part of being wise is to know when not to talk, I agree with that saying but I also encourage you not to hold yourself when you want to talk and don't be intimidated by anyone, no one is better than you are. In our house we like to laugh and at times to act silly, don't loose your sense of humor and continue laughing, laughter is the best therapy one can have (besides the art of making balls). I am sure that college life will be exciting and full of joy, however at times you may feel down and perceive that everything goes wrong for you. When faced with such situations make sure not to hold anything in and talk to people you can trust. You were blessed with a mother that can listen to you and offer sympathy, a father that can listen to you and offer a reality check and siblings that will listen to you and offer a sound advice.
8: To every problem there is a solution and nothing is dark as it may seem when looked at in the right perspective. Now I will recap the advice I have been giving to you throughout the year: don't procrastinate, last minute is too stressful. Honesty and integrity, qualities you posses, should be cherished. Be willing to accept criticism with an open mind, it may help you improve and reach upper levels. Manage your time efficiently, with the right time management you can engage in activities you like while keeping up with academic work. Don't ignore your physical well being, moving your tuches is time well spent. Choose your friends wisely and never do anything you do not want to do just because you are pressed by friends. As I told you in your bat-mitzvah be curious look for those green eggs but also know which green eggs to avoid. And above all always have fun and enjoy anything you are evolved in. I know that I will miss you tremendously and I'll also miss my studying buddy. So spread your wings and go get the world, you can do it!! Love you very much, Abba
9: WE LOVE YOU MICH MUSHA Love Emma &Abba
10: Happy Thought The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. ~Robert Louis Stevenson Life is an adventure with many twists and turns, always keep an open mind and share with us. We always have your back and love you.
11: Favorite Emma-isms WHAT!!!! ~ You never know unless you try. ~ Close the kitchen cabinet. ~ Clean up your room! Pick up after yourself. ~ Did you read that book! ~ I’m in awe (shock and awe) of you and all your accomplishments. ~ Keep Focused ~ Wait 10 seconds before responding to challenging situations (this is really an Abba-ism but I like it). ~ Strive to do your best. Perfect is overrated (new one- just off the boat) ~Where’s the remote? Favorite shows we watch: Trueblood, Desperate Housewives, and Psych, (not too keen on the reality ones) Favorite movies: All Adam Sandler ones and Harry Potter (I wouldn’t be your Emma if I didn’t sneak in some Arnold movies). Favorite Sweet: Dark Chocolate Favorite Dishes: Desserts, Kumish Bread and Kitchenette Cake (Sometimes I try to sneak in Carrot Tofu Loaf) P.S. No, your Emma is not “Debbie Downer or the Spoiler”!
12: This has got to be the ultimate letter. Usually I spend the time recounting all of the wonderful things we have done but I cannot possibly do that in one letter (reading with you, geometry, messing with your friends, going over history papers, chatting about drama ...) My Mushy I am so impressed by the wonderful, caring, and beautiful (both inside and out) young woman you have become. It has been a pleasure to watch you grow and an honor and privilege | My Dearest Poopskamootskies, | to be a part of that process. It's hard to find the words to express to you how much I love you and how wonderful my life is with you in it. You bring me so much happiness, not only for your many accomplishments (both inside and out of school) but for your contagious positivity, your humor, and your sweet heart (not to be confused with your sweet kidneys). I am so lucky to have such an incredible sister (You make my brath). I admire your kindness, your level head, and your sweetness. Even though I am a bit older than you I have already learned so much from you and know that there is much more you can and will teach me. I have really enjoyed how our relationship has grown and changed as you have matured and I have ... well immatured. It's so nice to be able to share everything with you and to get your intelligent, rational, and sensitive advice. There is nothing like, nor will there ever be anything stronger than our family. I will always be there for you no matter what and I will always tell you the truth and obviously I expect the same of you.
13: I think you have 2 wonderful siblings who have set some great and some not so great examples for you, pick and choose from what you have seen and be the wiser from our experiences. Learn from and seek out constructive criticism, it is a great way to challenge yourself and continue to grow. You can afford a little more stubborness and a little more outspokeness (while I can afford to be more accommodating and less stressed out). As you embark on this very exciting journey know that we all want to be a part of it so include us. We are excited for you and know that if you set your heart on a goal you will certainly achieve it. Sometimes you have to suck it up"as I like to say and see beyond the immediate gratification to get a greater reward later (something I'm kind of a professional at given my choice of career). I also encourage you to be bold in your decisions both in your courses, in your activities, and with your friends. Try new things and don't be afraid to be the only one doing something if it's something you love. I only ask that you are always true to yourself and your wishes. I truly cannot wait to see all of the wonderful things you are going to do. My Mushusha you are incredible, don't ever forget that. I am so blessed to have the most beautiful sister. With Love, Your Favorite Sister (Addie)
14: Michelle, Approximately eighteen and a half years ago I made one of the worst analysis of my life. I take some solace in the fact that I came around by the end of the block and I attribute a small portion of the flawed logic to age (approaching six years old at the time), but regardless, I couldn't have been more wrong about the happiness, humor, intelligence, kindness, and fashtunks you would bring to our family. | It's been a remarkable experience to see you grow as a student, as a person, as a sister over the past several years. Before I left for college, I always loved how much fun we had together, whether running around the house trying to fashtunk each other, in the backseat of the car (at Addie's expense usually), or any of the million other ways you made me happy. Since then, every time I come home I'm amazed. You somehow became a brilliant writer, mathematician, scientist, and leader all in one (the list goes on). What's made me happiest though, is that even while cramming all that knowledge into your head and maturing so quickly, you're still the same kind, sweet, happy Mich that I loved growing up with and I love today.
15: I can't even imagine how you'll continue to grow. Giving you advice for the next four years is a little silly, because I'll be here for you the whole time, whenever you need me, but I have a couple thoughts to keep in the back of your mind. Continue to feed your love to learn, continue to challenge yourself, continue to surround yourself with good interesting friends. The seemingly little decisions you make everyday to enrich yourself compound. Don't be afraid to try new activities, pursue new academic interests, or meet new people. You may not fall in love with any one pursuit (or person), but the process will be tremendously rewarding. Don't forget to step back every once in a while. It's easy to get caught up in the work, in the little frustrations. Remember to enjoy what you're learning, enjoy your friends' company, and enjoy life. By far most importantly, stay the same kind, sweet, and happy Mich. With love (your favorite brother), Benny
16: We are SISTERS | We are sisters! | Abba.Benny.Michelle.Lucky. Mrs.Blakenship. Elizabeth Casone
18: Twelfth Night. A.M.L. Almost Maine. Romeo & Juliet. | The Women. A Night on the Town A Perfect Match Coriinthians
19: .YEARBOOK. BBYO. CGSA. TREASURER. BRIAN MALOOLOO. CHOIR. THEATRE. VOLLEYBALL. PHOTOGRAPHY. BASKETBALL. LONELY ISLAND. RYTHMIC GYMNASTICS. CUBA. SPAIN. COSTA RICA.
20: SPAIN,GRAND CANYON and other trips without Addie | Cancun (in all senses of the word)
22: ADDIE & BENNY'S TOP TEN 1. Always be yourself (Be confident in who you are) - people who don't appreciate you for that aren't worth being around anyway 2. Try things - college isn't to learn facts but to figure out what you're passionate about in school, people, and life 3.Mistakes happen - not every test or paper goes well, key is to learn from it 4. Don't forget to eat, sleep, and brush your teeth (and exercise and wash your hair) - you have to cover the basics to get the rest right too. 5. Never judge a book by its cover (emma-ism) 6. Be parsi - need we say more (abba-ism) 7. Invert, always invert - understanding the other side, other people's point of view 8. Enjoy today but make decisions for the long-term - rewards over a lifetime are worth far more than short term reward
23: 9. Your character and reputation are your most important assets - they take a lifetime to build but can be lost with one bad decision 10. Call Benny & Addie, lots - requires no explanation WE LOVE YOU AND ARE SO PROUD OF YOU With Love, Addie and Benny