I hope you get this letter and it means something to you.
I wanted very much to come to America. America is unique because it is not based on who you are, but on what you believe. The Constitution is what I believe. I read it as part of my citizenship studies. I have read it several times since then. I hope you read it, too.
To me America means opportunity. Not a guarantee but a chance. A chance to do better for my family. I came here to earn enough to support my family and see to it that my children are educated.
I don’t speak English very well, in fact I needed help to write this letter. I try, but I keep thinking in my native tongue. I’ll keep trying.
My children, though, they speak English very well. I think it would be nice if they could speak both languages. Maybe use the old language at home, but they aren’t interested. However, I know that English is more important because that’s what all their friends speak. It’s what they need for school and later for work.
There are some things I miss about my old home, but I made the choice to come here. I think of myself as an American, not as belonging to any other country.
I am writing this letter to the future generations of my family, hoping that generations will read it. I ask that each generation pass it along. You probably know from which land I came, but it’s not important. It does not matter if I came to Jamestown with the first settlers from England, to California from Asia or with the Irish, or Germans or Polish through Ellis Island.
Treasure what you have in this country. I went through a lot to get here so that you would have opportunities. Opportunities that are available only to Americans.