Letter to Grandchild

Dear grandchild,

I know you aren’t born yet, but I am writing the letter to congratulate you on becoming an “official” adult. Happy 18th birthday! The world right now is an intimidating place, but it is also full of positive opportunities as well if you look hard enough. I am guessing you have found out how much responsibility you have right now and all your decisions have real consequences; because you are now an adult. This is one of the reasons turning eighteen for me was bittersweet, but I quickly learned the pros outweighs the cons. I hope you discover this too!

I am currently 18 years old and graduating high school in just four days from Notre Dame de la Baie Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The date I am writing this is May 19, 2015. Just for the sake of tradition, I will tell you the current gas price $2.64; however, it fluctuated a lot from last years price of $4.50. I am excited and terrified at the same time when I see the price for your generation, since the news keep telling us the world is running out of oil. The most important advice I can give you is to live with no regrets, I know I have a few. They way you down and there is nothing you can do to change them. If you want to do something, go for it! Yes, you will make mistakes, but these mistakes are necessary for you to develop into that great person we all know you will be. I will leave you with this advice that my best friend’s dad said to me, “To be successful you need to do two things. One always be on time, and two, always keep a positive attitude.”

Grandpa Kieltyka


What is Water?


Sitting in a clear glass
ready to drink
filled up by the sink.

Solid and crystallized
Carved into with brilliant silver
as she zigs and zags
with speed and tranquility.

White and fluffy
A child rolls him to life
and uses a carrot for a nose.

An Olympic event
freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly
Trying to be first.
to get the gold.

The shipping containers loaded.
The anchor pulled up,
and the fog horn sounds.
The lighthouse is inbound.

The grass is growing green,
even though the sun is blistering.
A child runs through the sprinkler.
Oh what a summer’s day!

Wee Woo! Wee Woo!
The sirens sound
with smoke all around
they use the hose
controlling the angry blaze.