The pleasure is all mine Mrs. Taylor unless, you prefer for me to address you as Angie - if that's all right with you Ronnie ;)!!!
I'm usually percieved by the folks who know me best - my friends as being a sort-of tough guy character, and after reading your response; I just couldn't hold back my tears of joy knowing that in spite of all the suffering I've been through in the last 20 years, or so from my failing health that I know now that I was able to reach someone, even if it's just one young person to let them know that they are going to be all right as they go through life, and that this person will understand the importance of continuing their education in order to become the best they can possibly be!!! This alone has made all of the suffering from my illnesses all the more worth it in my book!!!
Your response is worth so much more to me than you will ever know... For me, it's worth more than any amount of money in comparison because to me, I consider it as being PRICELESS in being a small part in Patrick's development as well as giving both of you as parents the hope you seek with respect to your son's enthusiastic journey in eventually becoming a resounding success!!!
I'm really privileged to know that there are still enough parents like yourselves who honestly know the importance of encouraging their children to be all that they want to become with all of the LOVE and guidance as well as patience that they can muster!!! It just reinforces my own recently wavering optimism in our youth of today as part of the next generation who will inevitably take our places as the driving force that contributes to our own success as a nation with the family values being taught to them by parents like yourselves so, once again both you, Ronnie as well as Patrick have renewed my own sense of optimism towards the future of our GREAT COUNTRY!!!
I can now pass on in peace knowing honestly in my heart that all is not lost for this WONDERFUL COUNTRY I CHOOSE TO CALL: The UNITED STATES of AMERICA as my own!!! ;)
Once again, thank you for your kind words, and know that both of you deserve all of the credit in developing as well as being rightfully proud for having such a wonderful son like Patrick! :) :) :)