Dear Zain & Jude Nasr, Wow how you have grown so much. I am taking this moment as you sleep, to write a letter to you both. A letter, or what I consider a snapshot of time, to reflect on life as I see it today. I love being a father. I never actually thought I would be as it was too difficult for me to imagine being responsible for another person’s life and journey. Here I am today though, father to two beautiful and very active kids, and I’m enjoying every moment of it. When you look back at this letter, you should know that we are living in very strange times. Lives have been changed, our daily rituals and activities have been turned upside down, but as I sit here today, a pandemic that changed all our lives has allowed me to focus more on what’s important, my family. I’ve always questioned what makes a good father. Is it giving you everything you asked for, disciplining you when you act up, or is it being your best friend? I’m still learning every day, and don’t think I’ll ever know the answer. One thing is for sure – it’s important to let you both be who you want to be, and develop your own paths in life. My parents, your grandparents, brought me here when I was a 1 year old to provide my brothers and I with a better life, and a better opportunity to thrive and create. I was able to see the struggles they went through to succeed to provide me that opportunity to be successful in life, and although I was awarded the opportunity to not have to struggle, thanks to my parents, I want to always ensure and instill in you both the idea of being humble in life.
Life is interesting as one day everything can be going exactly as expected and the next day everything can change. We learned this in 2020 and we have all been humbled. We started the year of 2020 on a high note with all the love, fun and excitement you can expect in starting a new year, but shortly after we were hit with a pandemic that spared no part of the world. Every country, every corner of the earth shut down, and every human stayed indoors closer and closer to their families. I’d like to think that with every difficult situation there is a silver lining, the fact that I got to know you guys more, and spend more time with you was just that. Schools are shut down so that allowed me to not only teach you about life and its journeys, but sit next to you as your teachers taught via computers. It was amazing to see your eyes light up as you learned about all the amazing things the world has to offer. Regardless of the difficulties we faced this year, remember that your mother and I love you dearly. You withstood this difficulty with Grace and adapted in a way that we never could if we were your age. It shows character, strength and the ability to be better and better every day and with that I’m humbled. With love, September 2020. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Khaled Nasr