My Dearest Đạo,
It’s hard to believe our first-born turns 14 today. You are well-liked in school as well as scouting and you have friends in both places.
I am glad to see that you don’t get bullied or discriminated against for being an Asian American. When I was your age, I faced both; therefore, I dreaded going to school. Everyday seemed long as hell. Maybe I got picked on because my English was not good.
Speaking of school, I hope you are doing well. I haven’t checked on your assignments because I want you to be independent and to be responsible for your own work. You still need to get better at staying on tasks.
At home, you get along with Đán the most. I wish you treat Xuân and Vương better. Even if they annoy you, they are still your baby brothers. I want you to love and protect them. You are always a big brother they will look up to.
As for your mother, you, and me, we are getting along fine for the most part. Well, happy birthday, my son!