I want you to read The Odyssey. When you read the Odyssey, I would like you to observe some special things. I would like for you to look for certain themes. These themes I have spent countless minutes on, writing reviews on them for my English teacher in 8th grade Mr. Fitz. I want you to observe hospitality, because when you have people over and your household is not one with xenia, which is Greek for hospitality, those people most likely won't want to come back again. I would like you to observe cleverness, like when Odysseus told Polyphemus that his name was nobody, so that, when he and his men were gouging out Polyphemus’s eye, he would scream and yell, but when the other Cyclopes asked him what was happening, who is hurting you, he would reply: Nobody is hurting me. Giving off the illusion that nobody at all was hurting him, when in reality, Odysseus and his men were gouging his eye out. When you read this book, it will start out to be a very difficult read you will not understand much. Also, I never want you to be cocky, because, as you will read in the odyssey, this man was challenging Odysseus to all of these track and field events and was boasting that Odysseus will never beat him and that he is the best, and Odysseus agrees to play him in a challenge, and he beats him and shows him up, and shows him that he is not the best.
Son, I also would like you to never think that you are the best at something you do, because, there is somebody out there who is better than you at something, or maybe even the thing that you love, but you have to learn to accept that people are going to better at things that you. Once you accept that, then maybe you can excel to the top, and become the best. When I first started reading the Odyssey, I went into it thinking it was no problem at all, I was a very good reader with normal books, but the Odyssey was different, it pushed me to read harder in ways that made me thrive while reading it. Some books were even harder, even towards the end, but you just have to read harder, and you will thrive within this book, and when you finish, you will not believe that you finished it that quickly, what seemed to go by in hours when you first started, went by in seconds towards the end. It is a feeling of accomplishment when you finished. Not like a feeling when you get a lot of money from a job or something. An accomplishment of where you struggled but still got through it, but by the end, it came easy to you. But, I would like to warn you. After you read the odyssey, your boyhood will no longer exist, you will become a man. You must learn to take more responsibilities, the responsibilities of a man, not a boy. But, still remember to enjoy your boyhood while it lasts.