Hi, Christi.

Never be afraid to stretch your wings and try something new. Whatever path you choose, you can make a difference.

You may not have your mother and father as long as you think, so respect and love them and appreciate your family and friends.

Try to memorize this special poem:

Do remember to forget, 

Anger, worry and regret, 

Love while you have love to give. 

Live while you have life to live. 

Remember not to eat sweets before lunch.

Sometimes the best answer is to smile and say nothing.

Remember this quote from Ernest Hemingway:

Before you talk, listen. 

Before you react, think. 

Before you spend, earn. 

Before you criticize, wait. 

Before you pray, forgive. 

Before you quit, try again. 

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