.”My son,”Daniel”s father began as he cleared his throat. “In a few days” time you will be leaving for the boarding house in your new school. i want you to know why you are going there. “without mincing words, you will be there to face your studies seriously in order to come out with a nice result. your mother and i are ready to make the necessary sacrifices and train you up to the university.” “you have seen the type of life we are living. we work very hard but with little pay because we did not see the four walls of a university. i will not like any of my children to end up like me. make good use of your time,”be diligent in your studies knowing fully well that there is formula for success in life except hard work or diligence. if you study the lives of notable people and those that achieved success in life, you will notice one thing,”they all worked hard. the days of manna falling from heaven have gone and there is no magic wand that will grant you instant success in life except in story books or films.what will make you to become somebody in life is hard work. Apart from academic work, i”ll like you to continue with the good morals behavior we taught are an ambassador of the family to the school.you are our pride and you must not let us down.don”t do anything that will bring shame to us,”instead try to make us proud. “Avoid bad friend and gangs because evil communication corrupt good morals. move with the right friends from whom you can copy good things and avoid those who will lure you to do bad things in addition, obey and respect the principal,teachers and senior students. when you do so, you”ll avoid much punishment. Remember that the school environment is Different from the one at home and do everything possible to Adapt. I Will Stop for now. Mama Daniel, do you have anything to add?”
“Well,Daniel, your father has said it all but i want to add that you should know that the ears are not fixed for decoration. The ears that must hear should not be bigger than a funnel. A heedless fly hollows the corpse to the grave. If you obey your father’s advice you’ll not end up badly and you’ll Avoid mistakes, sorrows and regrets. We will be falling in our duty if we don’t teach you the right way.Please be careful of the choices you make in life because they will either make or mar you.
“You have a choice to be hardworking now and enjoy later and work later. Life demands that we should work, one cannot escape it. There’s an adage that says; ‘Play now or later’.I will illustrate this with story of peter, one of our townsmen who came from a very rich family. While he was in school, he refused to work hard and face his studies seriously. He felt that there was no need for that as his father was rich. After JSS3, he dropped out of school and joined his father in his business. Many years later, the business crumbled and he was out on the streets looking for a job.Today he is a barrow pusher because he lacks the basic and necessary skills and certificates with which to get a well paid job.