When you get older, these learning points will get more complex. Soon enough you'll be picking out clothes, doing school projects, and trying on relationships. It's scary for a father to think of his two daughters getting older, but also exciting. I don't think I'll ever be totally prepared for "the talk" or anything to do with that, but it will come and I'll embrace it and I'll smile as I watch you grow.
But to really see where you take your life is one of those mysteries that holds Christmas-like anticipation. At least for now. Growing up, like any other kid, I used to dream about what I wanted to be when I grow up. I guess I still do (growing up now means when I decide to get out of the military...), but what's more intriguing is thinking about what you're going to be when you grow up. A doctor, teacher, engineer, administrator? Any of those, and so many others, are respectable and useful professions. Will one of you follow in daddy's footsteps and become a Marine? Yikes!
Whatever it is, I hope your mom and I can give you the tools to succeed. We will certainly try our best to lead you toward a meaningful life. I pray the best for both of you, and wait with a sincere hope that wherever you take your life, you will give it your best effort. And maybe you'll take your dad along. Until then, I'll just watch and be amazed.