10/13/2008 3:29:12 PM
Dear Mr. Fariborz,
On Saturday, September 27, 2008, my husband and I witness a powerful and
unforgettable experience, which I would like to share with you. When we stood
next to you at the ceremony, I had tears of joy and happiness. My heart was
pounding, my legs and feet were tingling and shivering as I watched my three
kids walk down the candle-lit path. Although they each walked down that path
individually for there 1st and 2nd degrees, this time, receiving their 3rd
degree was different because they were able to share the experience together. I
saw the love and support they shared, especially when they were able to tie each
others belt at the end. I now know that this is a bond that they will share for
the rest of their lives. I am so thankful to be able to be a part of this event
because it has really opened my eyes and shown me that my kids have grown up to
be such well-rounded and respectful kids.
I remember the first day, Norman and I took the three kids to your studio. You
said, "They are good, but Jimmie is better because of his flexibility." Back
then, Jason was 14, Jennifer was 12 and Jimmie was 9. We started them with a
foundation but you took them and gave them guidance. You shared your knowledge
and gave them strength and courage. Today, Jason is 25, Jennifer is 22, and
Jimmie is 19.
During the dinner, many in the studio came up to my husband and me and gave us
many praises and great compliments. They all said, "What wonderful kids you have
and how proud you must be as parents. They are such fine kids on and off the
mat." Although we took all of the credit, we know that we knew that part of it
had to do with you and your teachings. You continued to push them and challenge
them to set and achieve their goals and to never give up. You gave them courage
to face the outside world and played a huge part in molding them into who they
are today. We are so pleased that our kids have become such caring, responsible,
trust worthy, and respectful people, thanks to your guidance. We are forever
grateful to you, your past and present instructors and your fine studio.
Lastly, we, as parents are proud and thankful to you. You have acknowledged
Jason with such high regards and respects. It was truly an honor to witness this
during the ceremony. It is difficult for us to express our thoughts and emotions
in words. I know Jason will cherish this honor forever.
We are so fortunate to have you, your lovely Nina, and the children in our
lives. We hope you will continue on with your teachings and we wish you nothing
but the best in the years to come.
Sally and Norman