Michelle, Kevin, Steven and Christopher
I hope I was able to teach you all the lessons you will need to make your lives happy and full of peace.
I loved you enough to ask where you were going, with whom and what time you would be home.
I love you enough to insist that you save your money and buy a bike for yourself even though we could afford to buy one for you.
I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.
I loved you enough to make you take a Milky Way back to the drugstore (with a bite out of it) and tell the clerk, "I stole this yesterday and want to pay for it.
I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes. Children must learn that parents aren't perfect.
I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.
But most of all, I loved you enough to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.
Those were the most difficult battles of all. I'm glad I won them, because in the end you won something, too.