Today is my dearest father-in-law’s 87th birthday (We love you, Dad!). I want to share with you this letter that he wrote to my daughter Bea just a few months before he turned 80. Dad intended for Bea to read this letter when she turns ten, but Bea read it by herself for the first time when she was five years old.
July 5, 2004Ms. Isabella C. Cruz On Her Tenth Birth Anniversary
We are writing this on the occasion of your baptism (at one month old) but have asked your Mom to give it to you on your tenth birthday when you are better able to understand its contents.
We are opening a bank account for you today as a token of our love for you as our newest and probably our last grandchild. We watched your other cousins grow up, but we will never have that pleasure with you because we will no longer be with you as you read this.
This account will be in trust for you until you are fifteen. Then you can take over and do with it as you please, following, let us hope, your parents’ counsel.
We want you to know, dear Bea, that you have given us unimaginable pleasure in coming into our lives, and we thank you with all our hearts. It is like going back to our own youth, when we were raising our own children. It is such a blessing that God has gifted us, in our old age, with a baby as beautiful as you.
Take care of yourself, our wonderful grandchild, and obey your Daddy and Mommy. We will be watching over you and praying for your health and happiness, and a future as bright as your dreams.
To our beloved Bea.
Isagani A. Cruz Salvacion L. Cruz